Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Emotional Lead-Up to Finals; Centrals Eyegrand Finalafter Tigers'fine Tribute

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Emotional Lead-Up to Finals; Centrals Eyegrand Finalafter Tigers'fine Tribute

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WAYNE'S WICKET

WAYNE JONES

FINALS time arrived last week with a bang as the Ipswich Logan women convincingly defeated Redlands to celebrate back-to-back titles.

However, the Ipswich Pioneers men went down to Toowoomba in the Webb Shield.

This weekend is the start of Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket Association senior division finals.

Northsiders (8/151) dented Centrals (132) campaign after a stirring win last Saturday as both clubs paid their respects to Troy Salton, the highly regarded Northsiders manager.

The Tigers showed great fighting qualities in coming back from 8/74 while batting and 2/71 with the ball when the game seemed to be slipping away from them.

It was an emotional day for Dom Salton. His support with the bat (13 not out) alongside left-handed paceman Kev Cumming (53 not out) was a major turning point.

Callum Wilton (3/30) provided the ignition with the ball, releasing his legcutters.

Today's semi-finals feature both last season's premiers fighting to keep their campaigns alive.

Centrals travel to Marsden 2 to take on Brothers.

In Second Division, Fassifern are at Raleigh Oval against a rampant Redbacks team.

These semi-finals will be played today and tomorrow like a normal 82 over two day match.

However, the second-placed hosts will need to be defeated to allow the third-placed teams to advance to the grand final.

Surprisingly, this will be the first time Centrals and Brothers have met in any finals match in 1st Grade, since the Centrals merger of Western Suburbs and Warwick Road Sports in 1991.

In this season's matches, Centrals won the one-day encounter at Marsden 2.

Brothers secured a last wicket victory in the two-day match at Limestone Park.

Over time, Centrals lead Brothers 23 wins to 22 in 54 games, though in the recent games Centrals had been on a five-match winning streak over Brothers until the last match. …

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