The second round of the Queensland Premier Cricket 1st Grade competition was held on Saturday 11 September. High scores and good conditions were prevalent in all matches which saw victories to Gold Coast, Redlands, Western Suburbs, Northern Suburbs, Ipswich and the University of Queensland.
In the battle of the Coast sides at Buderim, it was the Gold Coast which prevailed over the Sunshine Coast by 5 wickets with over 10 overs to spare. Batting first, Sunshine Coast made 8-247 but no player passed 50 runs. Captain Matthew Kuhnemann and Hayden Kerr both took 3 wickets. In reply Gold Coast made easy work of the formidable target. Former NSW 1st Grade player Hayden Kerr top scored with 111 off just 74 balls including 12 fours and 3 sixes.
Sandgate-Redcliffe made 244 after being sent in by the home side Redlands. Jack Cooper top scored for the visitors with 134 off 110 balls but had little support from the rest of the side with the next highest score being 34. Simon Milenko took 4 for 60 and fellow opening bowler James Bazley took 3 for 24. In reply, Redlands passed the target with 5 overs to spare. Queensland wicket-keeper James Peirson top scored with an unbeaten 121 opening the innings. Chris Abbey was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 40.
Northern Suburbs had an easy victory defeating Wynnum-Manly by 73 runs at Ian Healy Oval. Sent in, Northern Suburbs made 7 for 267 off their 50 overs. Nikhil Chaudhary top scored with 98 while Addy Grewal and captain James McPherson both made half centuries. Wynnum-Manly were in the hunt for most of their innings but lost their last five wickets for 14 runs. Connor Sully took 4 for 31 while Nikhil Chaudhary followed up his 98 with 3 for 44.
South Brisbane pushed Western Suburbs all the day but the visitors came away with the victory by 4 wickets. Sent in, South Brisbane made 9 for 241 off their 50 overs. Jamie Eccles and keeper Brandon Faber both made half centuries. Arjun Nair and Steve Paulsen both took two wickets. In reply, Western Suburbs were reduced to 3 for 48 but both Arjun Nair and Steve Paulsen followed up their bowling by both recording scores in the 70s. Sam Geyer was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 34.
Ipswich went two for two after a comprehensive 9 wicket victory over Toombul at Nundah. Winning the toss and batting first, Toombul was dismissed for 254 off the final ball of the 50 overs. Captain Harrison McNeilly made 117 while Harry Wood, Jack Wood and Sean Lutter all took 3 wickets. In reply Ipswich chased down the target losing only one wicket with over seven overs to spare to go to the top of the ladder. Harry Wood scored his second century in a row with an unbeaten 121 while Ryan Hackney made 116 not out. Together the pair put on an unbeaten 231 partnership.
University of Queensland had a fairly easy victory against Valley. Sent in, University of Queensland made 7 for 238 with only James Grady passing fifty. Cameron Boyce and Zanden Jeh both took two wickets for Valley. Valley were 9 for 135 before Jake Wildermuth and Donal Whyte put on 64 for the last wicket with Whyte not contributing to the score but it enabled Wildermuth to reach his century and he finished on an unbeaten 102 not out off 97 deliveries. Nicholas Sale was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 27.
Round 2 Match Summaries – 11 September 2021
Sunshine Coast 8-247 (JJ Matthews 48, BE Maher 47, T Olsen 27no, AA Day 27, ST Gardiner 25no, MP Kuhnemann 3-41, HL Kerr 3-49) lost to Gold Coast 5-248 (HL Kerr 111, H Burdon 57, BE Maher 2-27, AJ Somerfield 2-52) by 5 wickets at Kerry Emery Oval, Buderim.
Sandgate-Redcliffe 244 (J Cooper 134, J Mills 34, SR Carwood 31, SA Milenko 4-60, JJ Bazley 3-24, M Labuschagne 2-60) lost to Redlands 6-248 (JJ Peirson 121no, SD Heazlett 37, D Kritzinger 27no, CS Abbey 3-40, BE Street 2-46) by 4 wickets at Peter Burge Oval, Wellington Point.
South Brisbane 9-241 (J Eccles 79, B Faber 54, SJ Paulsen 2-32, A Nair 2-42) lost to Western Suburbs 6-246 (SJ Paulsen 75, A Nair 71, SR Dennien 59no, ST Geyer 3-34) by 4 wickets at Norman Gray Oval, Fairfield.
Northern Suburbs 7-267 (N Chaudhary 98, A Grewal 61, J McPherson 59, N King 3-21, ZA Abro 2-40) defeated Wynnum-Manly 194 (L Hope-Shackley 42, G Jones 39, CB Hunter 32, D Toft 29, C Sully 4-31, N Chaudhary 3-44, H Sardar 2-60) by 73 runs at Ian Healy Oval, Kedron.
Toombul 254 (HC McNeilly 117, J Webster 39, T Nicholson 39, H Wood 3-29, JP Wood 3-46, S Lutter 3-54) lost to Ipswich 1-256 (H Wood 121no, RP Hackney 116no) by 9 wickets at Ken Mackay Oval, Nundah.
University of Queensland 7-238 (J Grady 51, J Clayton 45, NCR Larkin 37, J Coetzee 31, CJ Boyce 2-39, Z Jeh 2-50) defeated Valley 189 (JD Wildermuth 102no, NG Stevens 26, N Sale 3-27, M Willans 2-38, J Coetzee 2-50, W Sanders 2-58) by 49 runs at Peter Easton Oval, Ashgrove.