Paul and Kev Bourke have played a combined 50 cricket seasons for Maryvale Condamine. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News
Paul and Kev Bourke have played a combined 50 cricket seasons for Maryvale Condamine. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News Gerard Walsh

Brothers not done with success yet

CRICKET: After a combined 50 years of senior cricket, two of the Bourke brothers from Maryvale are still hoping to add to their grand final record of four victories in five finals.

It didn't happen this season but as 15 of the 16 coaches in the NRL say at the end of each season, there is always next season.

Kev, 47, and Paul, 45, won premierships with Maryvale in 1996-97, 1997-98, 1999-2000, 2000-2001 and would have made it five in five seasons except for a grand final loss to Wheatvale.

It was Wheatvale this season which eliminated Maryvale Condamine in the preliminary final.

They have combined in batting down the years and can't remember running each other out.

The only run out was when Kev hit the ball hard, it hit the bowler's hand, deflected on to the stumps to run Paul out.

Kev had 10 years out of the game and returned for the chance to play with his three sons, Kieran, Patrick and Thomas. The boys, their father and uncle have all played in the one Maryvale team this season along with first cousin Michael Bourke.

After being more a batsman who bowled in the first phase of his career, Kev's bowling has shone along with his batting in his comeback with a best of 5-9 this season.

Paul had a best of four wickets in an innings and 60 with the bat this season. He has always been a genuine all rounder, equally likely to win the game with bat or ball.

It was with bat in combination with Chris Glasgow that Paul was in a match-winning partnership at Millmerran in a Mitchell Shield final.

There was a time Kev and Paul were joined in the Maryvale team by their brothers Mark and Shane, along with cousins Graham, Michael and Chris.

If anyone reckons cricket isn't a family sport, they better look at Maryvale and the Bourkes.



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