Laidley start off in style

First Grade

Laidley v Strollers/Raiders

The Laidley District First Division side kicked their season off in style at the weekend with an away victory against the newly merged Strollers/Raiders outfit.

Due to play being completely washed out on the opening day, the match was played as a 45 over per side one day match. Laidley won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a very good wicket.

Laidley began cautiously and they were reduced to 2-31 with both openers back in the shed.

However, a match defining partnership between English import Alex Welsh (70) and Michael Sippel (96) set the platform for Laidley to mount an imposing total.

Michael Sippel contributed 96 of the 137 run partnership.

Sippel bludgeoned the Strollers attack to all parts of the ground while Welsh, in his first match in first division, provided perfect support for Sippel. Laidley lost wickets at regular intervals towards the end but managed to keep the run rate going to finish with a very good score of 7/237 from their allotted 45 overs.

Strollers/Raiders were in massive trouble from the outset with Michael Sippel and Ben Gibson ripping the heart out of the top order.

The new joint venture club never recovered after being 3-15 but showed good spirit to reach 207.

Sippel and Welsh with his left arm orthodox again combined to capture six of the Strollers wickets to fall.

Matthew Dean also bowled well and claimed the prized scalp of Strollers/Raiders captain Craig Cumming. Youngster Michael Topp rattled the opposition with a fiery spell of fast bowling which saw him take two wickets for the visiting side. The Laidley side has this weekend off due to the representative Schaffer Shield carnival.

Laidley innings

T. Ilka ct Turner b Lehmann 1

R. Hurley ct Douglass b Peach 15

A. Welsh ct Packer b Lehmann 70

M. Sippel ct Turner b Cumming 96

C. Wilson ct Packer b Fisher 16

L. Walker not out 13

B. Gibson run out 5

J. Bichel run out 2

M. Topp not out 1

Sundries 18

Total 7/237

FOW: 4, 33, 170, 197, 217, 223, 229.

Strollers/Raiders innings

D. Thompson ct Topp b Welsh 26

G. Jeffers ct Ilka b Gibson 7

T. Douglass lbw Sippel 1

P. Milne Sippel 0

C. Cumming b Dean 13

T. Desilva ct Bichel b Welsh 45

T. Turner not out 53

N. Fisher b Topp 16

M. Lehmann ct Walker b Welsh 15

D. Packer ct Bichel b Topp 0

T. Peach b Sippel 17

Sundries 14

Total 207

FOW: 10, 15, 15, 33, 101, 101, 122, 155, 159, 207.

Bowling: M. Sippel 5.5-2-13-3, B. Gibson 5-0-21-1, M. Dean 8-0-48-1, J. Bichel 6-0-46-0, A. Welsh 9-4-32-3, M. Topp 7-1-18-2, J. Godwin 2-0-26-0.

Second Grade

After an impressive first up victory against Strollers/Raiders, the Laidley District Second Division side were looking to continue their good form against Centrals. Centrals won the toss and elected to bat on a typical batting paradise at Bichel Oval.

Missing a few regulars from their bowling attached, the Laidley side toiled hard all afternoon and restricted Centrals to 8/258 from 82 overs.

Captain Chris Johnson led the way with three wickets.

The Blue Dogs will be looking to wrap up the remaining two wickets before setting about chasing down the Centrals total for a first innings victory.

Under 16

Laidley 10/176 (B. Hetaraka-Pope 29, H. Wood 22 not out, D. Luck 19, J. Sandnes 18, Z. Bichel 13, J. Dennien 11). Northsiders 0/2 in reply with the game to be completed next Saturday.

Under 14

Mt Crosby 8 (T. Dennien 4-2, R. Plummer 3-5, H. Wood 1-1). Laidley 7/162 (B. Newton 50 not out), H. Wood 31, J. McQuilty 31, T. McDonald 14). The game will be completed next Saturday with Laidley pushing for a first up outright victory.

Under 12

Flinders 7/128 (L. Dean 4-18, C. Jackwitz 1-11, L. Bichel 1-16) d Laidley 7/120 (S. Brennan 41 not out, T. Boland 22 not out, L. Dean 5).

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