Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Products Show Way; Watson, McDermott Vital in Ashes Win

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Products Show Way; Watson, McDermott Vital in Ashes Win

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IPSWICH-bred cricketer Shane Watson answered his critics in the best possible way. He let the bat do his talking.

In the second innings of the Perth Test, his pre-lunch onslaught of the English attack allowed an early closure of the Australian innings. It also deflated and demoralised the confidence of the English team.

Some say that this is the way he should play all the time -- let his free-flowing strokeplay form the basis of his innings.

However, batting at number three for Australia is a responsible position in the team and the circumstances of the game can determine the batsman's approach to his innings.

I can imagine the outcry from his southern critics if he "threw his innings away" attempting one of his big shots in the early stages of coming to the crease.

I rate "Watto" and current Australian bowling coach Craig "Billy" McDermott as the best cricketers to come from this city in my time. How good it is to see them together as part of this victorious Australian team.

Hornets fly high

WHAT a great win by the Hornets over the highly-rated Gold Coast team last weekend.

Batting first, the Hornets posted 254, led by Geoff Paulsen (68), Mitch Weatherhead (39), Mark Rasmussen (36) and Justin McCarron (35).

Given the new ball, Jarrod Bichel and Sean Lutter soon had the Coast batsmen in trouble with Bichel picking up a key wicket and Lutter claiming 3-23.

Corey Lucas, fresh from the Australian under-19 carnival, chimed in with 4-53 and Mark Rasmussen picked up 2-6.

In their second innings, Brent Potbury (44) and Jarrod Bichel (28) guided the Hornets to 4-91 at stumps.

The Hornets have kept an unchanged team for their one-day clash with Toombul today.

In the 2nd division game, the Hornets' batting collapse in the first innings brought about their defeat.

Cruising at 3-95, the Hornets lost five quick wickets to be dismissed for 168.

Only Wayne Jones (42 not out) and Josh Reisenleiter (39) troubled the Coast bowlers. …

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