By TANIA PHILLIPS
TWEED District Cricket's representative season ended in embarrassment yesterday with the side crashing to a 200-run loss to Ipswich in the Webb Shield final.
Chasing the home side's imposing 3-245, Tweed crumbled to be all out for 45 in the limited-overs encounter at Ipswich.
Rocked by a series of injuries in the lead-up to the match, Tweed could offer no resistance as Queensland Country representatives Mark Sharrad (6-15) and Michael Sippel (4-25) ripped through the brittle Tweed batting line-up, ending their chase in the 12th over.
Stand-in Tweed captain captain Chris Moase, who top-scored for Tweed with just 17, was a disappointed man after the game.
"It is such a shame such a great representative season came to such an end," he said.
Australian Country representative Brian May, unbeaten on 111, and Sippel (94), who hammered the Tweed attack in last week's final home-and-away match, led the way for Ipswich.
Mick Anderson (2-45) had reduced the home side to 2-8 early but that was to be the final joy for Tweed with May and Sippel then taking charge.
"Mick bowled well early on but they put on a good partnership between their gun players," Moase said.
"Then we went out and batted and we just lost the plot. "We just weren't ready to play. They bowled well and we threw our wickets away."
Tweed lost regular captain Craig Wilson, batsmen Joe Clark, Paul Dhillon and Mick Gray and allrounders Aaron Laycock, Grant Thompson and Aaron Chapman to injury prior to the match.
"We just had too many changes," Moase said.
"We had so many injuries leading into this game and they were just too good with their batting."
The defeat was a savage end to what had been a stellar representative season for Tweed District.
Tweed won four games in the Webb Shield competition, which also involved Gold Coast and Lismore teams, and made the semi-finals of the statewide SCG Cup for the second consecutive season.