Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Terrific Spirit in Wet Conditions; Clubs Deservepraise in Bidfor Some Play

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Terrific Spirit in Wet Conditions; Clubs Deservepraise in Bidfor Some Play

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WAYNE'S WICKET

WAYNE JONES

THE soggy start to another cricket season continued last week with almost every game washed out.

The only matches completed were the Ipswich/Logan Hornets 2nd Grade, and two of the three in the local second grade competition.

Ipswich cricket hasn't seen a wetter season for a long time. The mid 1980s would be the last time we've had this many washouts.

It was encouraging to see teams working together to try and get the games started with covers coming on and off again.

Special mention to the Hornets Taverners team and the Marburg Mt Crosby Thunder for their actions and sportsmanship.

The underage Taverners team had their match abandoned but stayed back to assist the Hornets second graders try and move the heavy Baxter covers.

There was also a clean-up trying to get that game rescued late in the afternoon.

Thunder's 2nd graders moved their fixture to Northsiders and assisted them prepare a field that was ultimately abandoned.

Long may this spirit continue.

This weekend is the penultimate round of Harding Madsen Shield with every Ipswich club still a chance of making the finals mainly thanks to those washouts last week.

Laidley opener Jason Cubit has been in sensational form this season, sitting fifth on this season's rungetters list and having passed 4000 runs. He will play his 200th game today against University in Toowoomba.

Although one day cricket is more prevalent these days, it is a tremendous achievement as only the late Vince O'Sullivan (Railways), Grant Stallard (Norths) and David Richardson (Brothers) have achieved it for one club.

Honourable mentions should go to the late Len Johnson (Booval, 176), his son Ken (Booval, 180) and Kev Kinnane (Brothers, 193) who were in an era when they basically played only two-day games. Mick Sippel (Laidley, 185) and me (Centrals, 188) are the only other players above 170 games for their clubs.

The undefeated Blue Dogs outfit amassed 6/299 in their 50 overs with Ben O'Connell scoring 124 assisted by Cubit (65) and Sippel (46). …

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