Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Levi's Record 200 INSPIRES HORNETS; Sensational Innings in Heat Secures Victory

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Levi's Record 200 INSPIRES HORNETS; Sensational Innings in Heat Secures Victory

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Byline: David Lems david.lems@qt.com.au

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Qld Premier Grade: Ipswich/Logan Hornets 2/422 (Levi Thomson- Matthews 200 not out, Harry Wood 99, Dan Wilson 94) def South Brisbane 317 (Jack Wood 4/60, Sean Lutter 3/82). Full board in sportnotes.

Katherine Raymont Shield: Gold Coast 6/195 (Georgia Voll 2/32) def Ipswich/ Logan 192 (Ruth Johnston 63).

THE Ipswich/Logan Hornets had 200 extra reasons to enjoy their first win of this season's Queensland Premier Grade two-day competition.

Classy opener Levi Thomson-Matthews scored the first double century for the club, remaining unbeaten as the Hornets completed a terrific week-end of cricket at Baxter Oval.

After toiling hard to restrict South Brisbane to 317 on Saturday, the Hornets piled on the runs during Sunday's play to finish 2/422 at stumps.

Coach Aaron Moore was rightly thrilled about his team's much-needed victory in the two-day competition after a washout and loss to Norths and University of Queensland.

However, it was the incredible innings of left-hander Thomson-Matthews that had the Hornets buzzing on Sunday night and yesterday.

"It was absolutely sensational, just beautiful to watch,'' Moore said.

In his many coaching roles, Moore has seen plenty of outstanding batting displays at school and club level.

However, he had little doubt the effort of the Hornets' opener was something special.

"That's right up there,'' the former Ipswich Grammar School mentor said.

"It was probably chanceless really. At no stage did he look uncomfortable batting for five hours in the heat.''

A feature of Thomson-Matthews performance was how he went about building a massive innings.

"He played really straight and just punished the bad ball,'' Moore said.

"Even right at the end, his running between wickets was just sensational. …

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