Newcomer makes mark in top grade
By TANIA PHILLIPS
SOUTH Tweed bowler Jamie Dixon took little time to settle into first grade, claiming 3-35 against a star-studded Mudgeeraba-Nerang batting line-up in their Gabba Sports Cup match at South Tweed on Saturday.
Dixon, elevated to the top grade this season after impressing in second grade last year, has been on fire in the opening two rounds, capturing 4-37 against Pottsville last week.
The fast bowler was agains on target at the weekend, playing a key role as Mudgeeraba was dismissed for 192.
Colts captain Joel Walle, who finished with 3-47, said that while Dixon had impressed the entire side had performed.
"Our fielding was outstanding," Walle said. "Our bowlers were very consistent and Alex Rigby was really outstanding in the field.
"We went out there and didn't let too many partnerships form.
"All round, it was a good performance by the guys - we didn't let up."
The Mudgeeraba line-up is littered with quality players including a number of former Brisbane grade players and they are expected to be one of the competition heavyweights.
Three of their batsmen are currently ranked in the top 10 highest scorers for the season.
Opener Travis Short, a century-maker last game, scored just 24 before Walle claimed his scalp while former Palm Beach stalwart Grant Thompson also fell to Walle after making a valuable 42.
Shamus Robertson, who has an average of 49.50 after two innings, fell victim to Justin Pierce who took a sharp chance from his own bowling to dismiss him for 24.
Middle-order batsmen Ben Fleming also looked dangerous until Dixon sent him packing for 61.
In reply Colts were 2-16 when bad light stopped play with opener Gavin Gleeson out for a duck and Alex Rigby for four.
Former Terranora players, brothers Jeremy and Justin Pierce will resume next week on two and one respectively.
Walle said his side needed to knuckle down and stay out there for the remaining 60 overs to have a good chance at securing the points. After losing first-up to Pottsville last week, the side is keen to make amends.