SHIELD GAME: Wheatvale’s Neil Cantwell and Colts’ Shaun O’Leary with the Donna Ryan Shield, which the two teams will play for in this weekend’s grand final.
SHIELD GAME: Wheatvale’s Neil Cantwell and Colts’ Shaun O’Leary with the Donna Ryan Shield, which the two teams will play for in this weekend’s grand final. Michael Cormack

Rain may decide final between Colts and Wheatvale

THE Donna Ryan Shield will be in contention when Colts and Wheatvale face off in the Warwick Cricket Association grand final this weekend.

The match is scheduled to be played at Slade Park tomorrow, but with the heavy rain it is likely to be played on a synthetic pitch at Hamilton Oval on Sunday, if at all.

If the match is washed out altogether, Colts would have the right to claim the shield as the first side to qualify for the grand final after beating Wheatvale in the major semi-final.

Sovereign would also have the same right in reserve grade after beating Inglewood in their major semi-final.

Colts captain Shaun O'Leary said he would rather win without the aid of rain.

"I don't want it to rain," O'Leary said.

"It's not really winning if you don't even play."

O'Leary said Colts needed to get Brendan Malone out early.

"Brendan Malone batted for ages last time we played them," he said.

"We need to get him out as early as possible.

"Like us, they bat all the way down the order though."

Wheatvale batsman Neil Cantwell said he wanted to win for the younger players in his side.

"There are a few of us older guys who have been there and done it before," he said.

"A few of the younger guys got the experience of winning last year, but it would be good for the other young guys to experience one win."

Cantwell said it was important Wheatvale kept their foot on the pedal throughout.

"They're the kind of team where everyone can score 50," he said. "So we've got to get early wickets and then keep the pressure on."

Inglewood and Sovereign will face off in the reserve grade grand final.

  •  A grade: Colts v Wheatvale, Slade Park, 10am Saturday
  •  Reserve grade: Inglewood v Sovereign, Mayhew Oval, 10am Saturday


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