Cantwell keen to win another title
WHEATVALE dairy farmer Chris Cantwell hopes it will be third time lucky as he leads his side into an A-grade finals battle on Sunday against Maryvale-Condamine at Queen’s Park.
After playing in four successive A-grade premiership wins, Cantwell has led the side for the past two seasons and is yet to win a title as captain.
Yesterday afternoon, he milked the cows on the family farm at Wheatvale in time to attend a 6pm cricket meeting in Warwick.
This season has been one of contrasts for the Wheatvale side, with a lowest score of 32 and a high of 8-338 two weeks ago.
“The pitch had a bit of juice from overnight rain, RSL Diggers bowled well and we had a few out when we made 32,” he said.
Next game, Wheatvale came back with 8-338, which renewed the club’s confidence.
Cantwell is excited by the talent in his young side.
“If they all play to their ability, we should go alright,” he said.
Four key Wheatvale players are AJ McQueen and Adam Cummins with the ball and bats- men Jarred Collins and Chris Malone, who both batted well in the score of 8-338.
The captain will also rely heavily on family members, his brother Neil and cousins Craig and Paul, who have all performed well this season.
Chris said both Craig and Paul could star with bat or ball.
“Craig did more bowling at the start of the season, but now Paul is one of our best with four for nine off nine overs last weekend.
“In the past few weeks, Craig has had a sore foot and hasn’t bowled as much. Both are batting in the top order and accepting the extra responsibility.”
Chris believes his side has to keep out Maryvale-Condamine opening bowlers Mark Steketee and Michael Bourke.
“If we lose too many early wickets we might find ourselves in a little bit of trouble,” he said.
“Mark is pretty sharp, accurate and moves the ball. He is one of the fastest I have faced for a fair while.”
The Wheatvale captain hasn’t decided on his openers, but one top-three definite will be his brother Neil, who scored 19 last weekend in against Maryvale.
A grade semis
Inglewood v RSL Diggers at Slade Park.
Wheatvale v Maryvale-Condamine at Queen’s Park.