Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flannelled Brigade in Spotlight; Hectic Summer Looming for Ipswich

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flannelled Brigade in Spotlight; Hectic Summer Looming for Ipswich

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IT is easy to get excited about the coming cricket season in Ipswich.

There have never been any doubts about Ipswich being a key centre for Queensland cricket.

However, this season sees Ipswich reach another level. All credit for this goes to the foresight and planning of a hard-working committee.

This season features Brisbane first and second grade games played on a regular basis in Ipswich. The Ipswich Logan Hornets will train and play in Ipswich. More Ipswich-based players have been selected in the Hornets teams and a strong contingent of juniors are progressing through the Lords Taverners ranks. This provides a platform for things to come.

The local grade cricket competition will again be keenly contested with seven clubs playing in 1st Division, eight clubs represented in 2nd Division and competition for teams nominating for Divisions 3 and 4.

The popular Monday night T20 competition returns with all seven Ipswich 1st Grade clubs competing with teams from Fassifern, Beenleigh and Alberton.

With Baxter Oval being floodlit, the matches will be spread between Mark Marsh Oval and Baxter Oval.

Senior format

SENIOR cricket matches will comprise a number of one and two-day games, as well as the popular Baxter Big Bash T20 days.

Senior 1st Division fixtures start next Saturday and will be one-day games.

All other senior grades begin on October 5.

The finals format this season has reverted to the minor premier progressing to the final, with the semi-finals being played between teams two and three on the points ladder.

Dual registration of players with their local club and with the Hornets will allow players to play with both clubs when available.

The SEQ management committee has ruled that a senior player may play a maximum of five days in either Brisbane 1st or 2nd Grade and still be eligible for selection for SEQ Country.

Two T20 games will be treated as a one-day game. This is a positive move for local cricketers who wish to test their ability by having a go at Brisbane grade cricket.

There is no restriction placed on junior cricketers who may play for the Hornets and still be eligible for selection in SEQ junior teams.

Junior season

THE Ipswich junior cricket season will feature a strong representation of clubs in five age groups, ranging from the under-16s to the under-9s.

There will be opportunities for each group to experience cricket under lights at a number of floodlit venues.

The fixture competitions will continue to be played prior to Christmas on Saturday mornings except the under-14s who will play on Saturday afternoons.

All clubs are continuing to provide developmental programs for youngsters as a lead-in to playing club cricket. Some clubs are providing coaches to go into schools in an effort to attract more players to the game. …

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