Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Terrific Ipswich Cricket Efforts

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Terrific Ipswich Cricket Efforts

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WITH the Brisbane Heat v Bulls Masters game only two weeks away, it's timely to look at the history of Brisbane/Queensland teams playing in Ipswich.

In the early 1900s, the NSW cricket team on the "Mail Train'' would stop at Ipswich station on their way to Brisbane. Sometimes they would play Ipswich.

In the late 1900s, Ipswich -- with future Australia left-hand spinner Bert Ironmonger -- were very competitive against these high quality teams. Ipswich drew a few "one day'' games.

After the Great War, Ipswich did not play so much. But as the 1920s were coming to an end, Ipswich was winning the local regional competitions pretty easily and sought tougher opposition.

In 1931, NSW played Ipswich again.

Although Ipswich was in a second golden era with many talented sportsman (not just in cricket), we were no match for NSW with a team of Test reps, which included Stan McCabe, Archie Jackson, Alan Kippax, Keith Rigg and Alan Fairfax. Don Bradman was injured.

In 1931 and 1932, Ipswich lost no games in local matches on turf.

The only loss was away to Coomera on concrete. This prompted Queensland to make the journey to play the all-conquering Ipswich team over Easter at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

The Queensland team included Australian reps Ron Oxenham and "Pud'' Thurlow, legendary Queens- land fast bowler Eddie Gilbert and Ipswich's Eric Knowles.

Ipswich sent in Queensland and routed them for 102. Ipswich's all-time leading wicket-taker Leon Watson, a legspinner, snared 3/27 off his nine, eight ball overs.

He was well supported by Queensland Country all-rounders Jack Routledge (2/36) and Frank Harris (2/13).

Ipswich were a shaky 6/53 in reply until former Queensland batsman Malcolm "Mo'' Biggs pummelled the first-class attack to rack up 62 to get Ipswich ahead before dismissed. Ipswich made 108, or six runs to the good.

Queensland went to the crease again and racked up 6 (declared) 108 in 12 overs to give Ipswich 103 to chase for an outright win in the hour's play that was left. Ipswich batted aggressively and ended up at 4/69 off 12 overs.

The next year was an even more decisive victory for Ipswich. …

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