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Norths, Sandgate limit Hornets' big-hitters

Ipswich Hornets V Northern Suburbs T20 premier grade cricket played at Ivor Marsden Oval on Saturday. Hornets batsman Harry Wood.
Ipswich Hornets V Northern Suburbs T20 premier grade cricket played at Ivor Marsden Oval on Saturday. Hornets batsman Harry Wood. Rob Williams

SITTING just outside the top four but ahead of opponents Northern Suburbs and Sandgate-Redcliffe, the Hornets had an opportunity to solidify their Brisbane Premier Grade T20 finals chances at the weekend.

However the normally heavy-hitting Ipswich top order struggled to get much going against two potent bowling outfits, and the Hornets finals hopes all but evaporated through consecutive defeats.

On Saturday at Baxter Oval, it was the bowling combination of Nathan McSweeney (3/22) and Bernard Bester (3/20) which inflicted the Hornets' first loss of 2019.

Harry Wood (45) and Levi Thomson-Matthews (45) provided a mid-order surge after the Hornets' top-order fell for just 27 runs to push the hosts out to 6/140 from their allotted overs.

In reply, Norths needed just 14 overs to reach the required total thanks to a fine hitting display from first drop Josh Brown (78 from 35).

Jack and Harry Wood combined to eventually send Brown back to the sheds, however by then the damage had been done and the visitors went on to record a seven-wicket win.

It was a similar story on Sunday, with Harry Wood (58) the only member of the Hornets' top six to last longer than 13 minutes at the crease.

The tail wagged through Bryn Llewellyn (21) and Jack Wood (21) to get the Hornets to a reasonable 7/132 by innings end, however the reigning T20 premiers needed just 14 overs and four wickets to chase down the total.

The Hornets bowlers shared the spoils at Trevor Hohns Oval, with Adam Smith (1/27), Sean Lutter (1/30), Nick De Giusti (1/26) and Will Trigar (1/29) all claiming a scalp each.

Brisbane Premier Grade T20s

Ipswich/Logan Hornets 6/140 (20) def. by Northern Suburbs 3/141 (14.2) at Baxter Oval

Ipswich/Logan Hornets 7/132 (20) def. by Sandgate-Redcliffe 4/133 (14.2) at Trever Hohns Oval

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