Round 1 in the Queensland Premier Cricket First Grade saw most sides at full strength with state contracted players being available. However, a number of young players may have raised some eyebrows with their performances.
Here’s a recap of all the action!
Sandgate-Redcliffe vs Valleys
A dominant century from former Test batsman Usman Khawaja enabled Valleys to defeat Sandgate Redcliffe by 8 wickets at Trevor Hohns Oval. Sandgate-Redcliffe looked to have control early after Bryce Street (71 off 107 deliveries) and the returning Lachlan Thompson (74 off 73) combined for a one-hundred run partnership for the second wicket. However, their momentum was halted thanks in large part by the seemingly evergreen Andrew Gode who took 4/46 off his 10 overs.
Khawaja’s 124 not out combined with wicketkeeper Lachlan Pfeffer’s 82 off 111 ensured Valley’s first wicket did not fall until the 33rd over. Captain Gode backed up his efforts with the ball with a run-a-ball 54 to ensure the Diehards took the points.
Ipswich vs Wynnum/Manly
Ipswich look to have maintained the momentum they built up last year as they defeated Wynnum/Manly at Baxter Oval by 38 runs. Levi Thompson-Matthews top scored for the home side with 59 off 71 with handy contributions from Dan Wilson (49 off 65) early and off-season recruit Jake Cross (31 not out off 19) late in the innings respectively.
Wynnum/Manly started brightly but lost four wickets in quick succession to ensure Ipswich were never in any trouble. Sean Lutter led the Ipswich attack with 4/23 off his 9 overs. Grayson Jones, the pick of the batsmen for Wynnum with a steady 48 off 82.
Toombul vs Gold Coast
It was the young guns who shone brightest for Gold Coast as they took the points over Toombul by 4 wickets at Ken Mackay Oval. Hugo Burdon contributed with both bat and ball taking 3/42 off his 10 overs of leg spin; including the wicket of Matt Renshaw, before top scoring with 71 off 98. Quick-fire hitting from Josh Kann and Jack Cooper gave the crowd plenty of highlights and ensured the visitors maintained a bonus point win.
Harrison McNeilly was the pick of the batsmen for Toombul with 52 at almost a run a ball while the recently relocated Kyle Wisniewski announced himself as one to watch for this season with 4/38 off 6.1 overs in his debut outing for the Gold Coast.
Northern Suburbs vs South Brisbane
It was a story of the young and the old combined for Norths as they defeated South Brisbane by 2 wickets in a rollercoaster clash at Norman Gray Oval. Norths took wickets at regular intervals with only Ben Cutting (68 off 64) and Jamie Eccles providing any resistance. Cutting was controversially given out after being caught on the boundary by Nathan Hauritz.
In reply, Norths fell in a hole as they lost 3 wickets in the first 13 overs. Michael Dawson and Tom Healy steadied the ship with a pair of gritty 40-odds. Souths seemed to land the knockout blow when Patrick Farrell was caught at short third man in the 42nd over, the Two Blues needing 40 runs from the final nine overs. Hauritz and Connor Sully combined experience and exuberance to guide the rest of the Two Blues home in the 48th over. New signing Gurinder Sandhu was the best with the ball for the Magpies.
Sunshine Coast vs Western Suburbs
A solid all-round performance allowed Wests to comfortably account for the Sunshine Coast by 45 runs at Kerry Emery Oval. Solid contributions from highly rated young wicketkeeper Isiah Snell, Sam Truloff and Steve Paulsen saw Wests reach 8/259 after their 50 overs.
Angus Lovell’s 77 off 101 anchored the Sunshine Coast innings while some late-order hitting from wicketkeeper John Turnbull ensured the Coast reached a respectable 8/214 while the wickets were spread across the Wests’ attack.
Redlands vs University of Queensland
Redlands signalled their intentions as they managed to pull off the upset of Round 1 beating the perennial power UQ at Peter Burge Oval . UQ were sent in and amassed 225 all out from their 48.4 overs with Scott Henry (57 off 75) and Jano Coetzee (65 from 82) providing the bulk of the runs for the Students.
In reply, run-a-ball half-centuries from Queensland captain Jimmy Peirson and Simon Milenko, returning to Relands after 4 years in Tasmania and Leigh Drennan ensured the home side earned a bonus point victory reaching their target within 39 overs.