Lockyer/Ipswich vets keep cool heads in Coast thriller
LOCKYER/Ipswich's Division 1 over 60's cricket side endured a nail-biting final over to secure a spirited victory in their latest game.
Playing against Sunshine Coast Maroon at Maroochydore, the Lockyer/Ipswich exploited the firm wicket conditions reasonably well.
The Coast were in trouble early losing two wickets with only 20 runs on the board.
Although any loose deliveries were being punished by the coast batsmen, it was also leading to their demise. Four batsmen were bowled from inside edges onto the stumps.
For the coast, Mark Brady made a well compiled 33 runs from 39 deliveries.
Barry James defied the bowlers for 39 balls in making 20 runs and Phil Drescher plundered 40 runs from 30 balls, including seven boundaries, in Sunshine Coast's total of 144 all out in 38th over.
Lockyer/Ipswich bowlers were Mike McGovern (3/24 off eight overs), Geoff Frieberg (2/18 off four), Murray Rogers (2/31 off four), Nev Maroske (1/9 off seven with four maidens), Graham Bichel (1/6 off 2.4 overs) and Ray Zahnow (1/41 off eight overs).
Zahnow bowled with good pace.
After the lunch break, Lockyer/Ipswich lost a wicket in the first over before limping to 3/33 at the first drink's break.
Wickets kept falling with the Coast's bowlers keeping a tight line.
Len Martin, returning to the game after missing most of last season with a foot injury, batted solidly in the middle order with 40 runs. He retired from 54 balls.
Geoff Frieberg (21 not out from 42 balls) and Nev Maroske (13 runs from 24 balls) got Lockyer/Ipswich to the last over with four runs to get and three wickets in hand.
On the first ball of the last over, Maroske was caught at short mid-wicket by Ross Madsen and it was game on.
The visitors needed four runs from five balls with number 11 batsman at the crease.
The incoming batsman David Lyons hit the first ball over fine leg's head to the boundary for the four runs required.
All Sunshine Coast bowlers performed well, with the wicket-takers being Ross Madsen (2/15 over seven overs), Peter McWhinney (2/15 off 6.2), Kent Officer (0/25 off eight) and Phil Drescher (1/15 off eight).
Martin was Lockyer/Ipswich's man of the match with Drescher collecting the honour for the home side.
Lockyer/Ipswich skipper Graham Bichel was full of praise at how the new combination worked together to defeat a very strong Sunshine Coast side.
This was the first competition match since Ipswich merged with Lockyer.
Martin said that he had to work very hard for his runs, but it was a relief to get a score on the board after missing so much cricket last season.
In the 2nds, Lockyer/Ipswich also wrapped up a handy victory after Sunshine Coast Maroons won the toss and batted.
Jeff Evans kept the home team's opening batsmen quiet with a spell of 0/6 off four overs.
The introduction of Ken Wilson into the attack brought instant results with two wickets and a run out.
Col Taylor combined with Wilson in a 16 over bowling partnership which conceded only 32 runs. This broke the top order, with Wilson taking three wickets and Taylor one.
The other two Kens, Young (three wickets) and Bennett (one wicket), cleaned up the tail.
The Sunshine Coast Maroons were bowled out in the 35th over for 98.
Captain John Burke was top scorer with 25 retired.
After lunch, Lockyer/Ipswich openers Brad Hines and Mike Nowlan put on 62 in 12 overs before Hines retired on 42 off 28 balls.
After Nowlan retired for 13 off 40 balls, three wickets fell quickly before Ken Wilson got the side home in 24 overs, with 18 n/o.
The captains, Brad Hines and John Burke, gave the man of the match awards.
Hines said that Lockyer/Ipswich's bowling was generally tight, and backed up with some good fielding.
They stayed in control while bowling and this meant that they were not under pressure when chasing SSC Maroon's score.
All players were happy with the way in which Lockyer and Ipswich players worked together and enjoyed themselves.
Lockyer/Ipswich over 50s 1st Division side played Sunshine Coast at Yandina.
Unfortunately, many key players were missing, and SSC's score of 190 was too good for Lockyer Ipswich who were bowled out for 83.
Gary Copeland was top score with 21.