Tigers skipper answers 'go slow' claims
ASPIRING teacher Ryan Benson was happy to answer "go slow'' claims from his opposing captain as the top two sides prepared to continue their duel tomorrow.
After top scoring with 69 before his team reached 8/183, the Northsiders skipper responded to what Centrals rival Ben O'Connell had to say following last weekend's play.
"The outfield had a lot to do with that but it's all about spending time in the middle for our boys,'' Benson said.
"We're got more cricket to play so it's just all about the boys hitting a good bit of form heading into the back end of the season.''
The slow outfield at Keith Sternberg Oval has this year kept totals low in most games at the North Ipswich venue.
"The last couple of scores there haven't been great for any teams really,'' he said.
"To get 180 on the board, I think the game's in a good position where it is at the moment.
"Centrals are a good team. They have got an excellent batting line-up.''
Pine Mountain-based Benson's main disappointment was getting out having set a solid foundation.
However, with the team having a chance to secure a spot in the four-day grand final next month, Benson said the Tigers were focusing on what they had to do.
"From where we've come from the last couple of seasons, to where we are now, is great,'' he said.
"You always want to play in a four-day final. We'd like to be in that final but we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves.''
The current first division match was the start of another big week for the exciting cricketer and second year QUT Secondary Education student.
After playing for Northsiders last Saturday, Benson backed up for the Ipswich Pioneers in Sunday's Webb Shield loss to Toowoomba before playing again for the Tigers in Monday night's T20 semi-final.
Northsiders lost that match at Limestone Park after Centrals put on 4/148 from their 20 overs. Northsiders were bowled out for 112 in the 19th over.
"Hats off to them really. They outplayed us,'' Benson of Centrals.
Benson, 20, came up against the might of players like Queensland Country supremo Brian May in last Sunday's Webb Shield defeat.
"Toowoomba put out a sensational team really,'' he said. "They had a lot of ex-Queensland Country boys.
"For me personally playing against those sort of lads was amazing. To spend time out in the middle against a quality attack is great.''
The Monday night T20 semi followed before Benson lined up for QUT in Thursday afternoon's T20 match against University of Queensland.
"It's a big weekend,'' he said. "I was that sore on Tuesday.''
However, Benson said he was "good to go'' for the second weekend of the major Ipswich and West Moreton Cricket competition clash.
He said playing so much cricket was helping him improve his game.
"It's good. It keeps you busy,'' he said having just returned to university after a break.
"When you're playing regular games of cricket, you get into a bit of a rhythm, a bit of a routine.
"It's been good for me personally playing so much.
"It's good for your mindset.''