Captains wary of long batting orders of opposition
CRICKET: Maryvale Condamine captain Paul Bourke isn't getting carried away with his team being favourites in the Condamine Cup A-grade grand final on Saturday.
"I watched part of the preliminary final and thought the Wheatvale score of 156 against Redbacks was about 50 runs short,” Bourke said.
"When I left the ground, Redbacks were 4-50 and I expected Wheatvale to win from that position.
"The Redbacks proved on Sunday in their win that they have plenty of batting depth.
"They beat Colts the week before so have the ability to beat any team.”
The Maryvale team which is unbeaten this season will be finalised later in the week but Bourke said he would be relying heavily on Mitch Darton with the new ball.
"I reckon he is the best bowler in the competition, he doesn't give anything away,” Bourke said.
"He is quick enough, I wouldn't like to be facing him.”
As for Redbacks, Bourke said it would be nice to get key batsman Coen Slatter early.
"They have all got ability with the bat,” Bourke said.
Bourke isn't a fan of the final two games in the Condamine Cup competition being played over 50 overs rather than the 40 overs which have been played all season.
"Fifty overs requires a totally different mindset,” Bourke said.
Rosewool Redbacks captain Tyhe Clarkson said dismissing Andrew Ryan was a key to his team's success.
"Andrew scored 99 against us in the last game between the two sides,” Clarkson said.
"We will have to field really well and bowl to keep runs to a minimum, Maryvale bats right down to number 11.
"In the preliminary final last season, Dave Walker opened the batting and got them off to a good start and we won't want that to happen again”
Clarkson said the return of Justin Wheeler would boost Redbacks in all aspects of the game.
"He will be my first choice spinner with his left arm orthodox deliveries,” Clarkson said.
"Ben Heppell and Daniel Bowles bowl a bit of spin as well.
"Justin will also improve our middle order batting.”
The A-grade grand final will start at 10am at Slade Park.
In reserve-grade, Allora will face Sovereign Animals in a 40-over a side grand final from 10am Saturday at Mayhew Oval. Allora won the semi between the same two sides two weekends ago and then Sovereign made the grand final after the preliminary final against Rascals was washed out.