TOP INNINGS: Adam Byrne topscored with an unbeaten 81 for Warwick Hotel Colts.
TOP INNINGS: Adam Byrne topscored with an unbeaten 81 for Warwick Hotel Colts. Gerard Walsh

Byrne innings rated key to a Colts victory

WARWICK Hotel Colts beat Wheatvale by 24 runs in the battle between second- and third-placed teams in Condamine Cup cricket on Saturday at Slade Park.

Colts captain Shaun 'Robbo' O'Leary talks about the game.

WHAT WAS THE KEY MOMENT: The innings of 81 not out by Adam Byrne. He was down to bat at number nine and I was down at seven but we swapped when we were five for 57.

He batted really well and never gave a chance.

WHO BATTED WELL WITH ADAM: Fraser McVeigh went in at No.8 and only made three but batted with Adam for 11 overs, so his innings was worth a lot more than three to the team.

After Adam was out, I was caught at gully for one and then Mitch Watson made 17 and Alastair Costello batted for a while with Adam for seven not out.

DID YOU THINK YOU HAD ENOUGH RUNS: I felt we should win with 184 even if it was the best wicket we played on all year at Slade Park. Wheatvale didn't have Brendan Malone and Saturday's game was a situation that would have suited him.

WHO WAS THE KEY WICKET: Paul 'Boo' Cantwell was given not out down the leg side when the umpire was partly obscured by the way Boo turned when he went for the shot. Boo then walked which didn't surprise me, that is the character of the bloke.

WERE YOU WORRIED DURING THE WHEATVALE INNINGS: We had Wheatvale 6-60 and then Lachlan Boal batted really well for 51 and Jared Fearby made 31.

Lachlan had done a lot of hard work so it was a little unfortunate for him he was dismissed before he could push for victory.

HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE VICTORY TO COLTS: The win cements second spot. I am keen to finish second for a likely major semi-final against Maryvale Condamine.

WHO WERE THE BEST FIELDSMEN IN EACH TEAM: Carter Bilbrough always fields well for Wheatvale and Cameron Peterson is always strong for us in the field.

Cameron did a fair bit of fielding on the short boundary to the clubhouse.

We were playing on the pitch closest to the clubhouse and the wind was blowing that way.



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