Wet conditions prove too much for Lockyer/Ipswich cricketers
By Mike Nowlan
LOCKYER/Ipswich struggled to handle the tricky conditions in their latest veterans cricket loss at Gatton.
Chasing Brisbane White's 2/207 off 45 overs, Lockyer Ipswich were bowled out for 92 in the over-50's Division 2 match at Cahill Park.
In the second match of the season, the game was played in rainy weather on a well prepared pitch that was going to get wet throughout the day.
The outfield was damp and the weather started to drizzle as the Brisbane openers made a patient start seeing off some tidy bowling by new player Steven Lewis and veteran Peter Severns.
The first wicket fell in the 10th over after a quick runout at the bowlers end by bowler Brian Olsen.
The score of 1/22 became 2/47 by the 17th over with the Brisbane batsmen playing patiently.
The Lockyer/Ipswich fielding was splendid and supported the bowlers well. However, the home side failed to take wickets as a fine batting display by G. Doyle (50), G Morton (50), A Watson (39) and W Dillon (28) were all not out by the end of the innings.
Even with a change of ball at the 27th over the bowlers had little more response.
Lewis returned the best figures of 1/21 off nine overs.
When Lockyer/Ipswich batted after lunch, the sky was starting to clear but the wicket had become wet and was soft.
The Brisbane bowlers showed great control with S Kruger displaying a man-of-the-match display with 4/19.
Brad Hines was a lusty hitter with a quick 39 that was well above the required run rate at 2/50 in the ninth over.
The patience displayed by the Brisbane batsmen could not be replicated and the wickets continued to fall at a steady rate.
Only Hines and Ian Sipple reached double figures.
Cahill Park curator John Smith was thanked for allowing the game to go ahead on such a fine wicket.
Brisbane captain Geoff Doyle said that Lockyer/Ipswich had the worst of the conditions, both batting and bowling.
However, his team's effort highlighted how over-50 teams from the major centres are a cut above Lockyer/Ipswich.
Lockyer/Ipswich captain Gary Rule lamented his team's lack of partnerships again.
Big hitting opener Hines hit three sixes in one over to collect the Lockyer/Ipswich man-of-the-match award.