Lupton and Lanza paved the way to victory
STANTHORPE Mitchell Shield captain Ben Staley put down his team's victory against Warwick at Slade Park to good catching and well-planned bowling.
Staley said opening bowlers Ross Lupton and Hayden Lanza paved the way to victory with two wickets each.
"There was good intensity in the field," Staley said.
Winning the toss and batting, Warwick was 2-8 and 4-31 before Cameron Peterson, 44, and Paul Cantwell, 11, took the score to 66.
First-change bowler Damian Anderson took 2-36 off 10 overs, including five maidens, Duane Lihou 3-23 off five and Luke Brady a wicket with his only ball to dismiss Warwick for 111.
Lanza, 40, and Staley, 32, took the score to 1-86 which left Sam Dowie and Lupton to score the winning runs.
With the ball, Michael Bourke shone like a beacon for Warwick with 3-5 off six overs. All wickets were secured with catches to keeper Jamie Saunders.
Wins against Lockyer, Toowoomba and Warwick have secured a finals berth for Stanthorpe.
They play their last game against Central Downs at home early next year and can secure a definite home ground final with a victory.
Warwick has no wins from two games and now needs two wins in their final two games and favourable results in other games to have even an outside chance to secure a finals berth.
If Warwick misses the final, it will end a dream to win three successive Mitchell Shield competitions.
The win also secured the Bourke Hendry Trophy for the Stanthorpe team.
In the Davis Shield team, Warwick won the second Bourke Hendry Trophy by one wicket with one ball to spare.
Batting first, Stanthorpe made 217, Chris Williams top scoring with 68 and Simon Mascadri hitting 64.
Mitchell Darton took 3-40 off 10 overs for Warwick and Mitch McLennan finished with 2-14 off five overs.
In reply, Warwick openers Lachlan Gross, 77, and captain Geoff Thorley, 42, added 107 before Thorley was dismissed.
Warwick collapsed and then needed 28 off the final three overs with one wicket left.
Carter Bilbrough, 38 not out, hit a two to secure the winning runs with one ball to spare. Mitch Darton was unbeaten on 15.
Toby Culham was the best of the visiting bowlers with 4-42 off 10 overs with Brendan Drayton finishing with 3-36 off 10 overs.
As Stanthorpe is not fielding a team in the Davis Shield this season, the game yesterday was a social game for the Bourke Hendry Trophy.
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