TOP FORM: Carter Bilbrough, the best Wheatvale batsman this season so far, pictured at Slade Park with his father Ross.
TOP FORM: Carter Bilbrough, the best Wheatvale batsman this season so far, pictured at Slade Park with his father Ross. Gerard Walsh

Carter is form batsman as Wheatvale eyes off tough game

CRICKET: Two teams with plenty of finals experience will meet in the match of the round in Condamine Cup cricket this weekend.

Warwick Hotel Colts will play Wheatvale on Saturday at Slade Park in a 40-over a side game.

Wheatvale captain Paul Cantwell said most of his team would be available this weekend.

"Carter Bilbrough has been our best with the bat this season and new player Steve Jones has been our best with the ball after moving from Brisbane,” Cantwell said.

Wheatvale has also signed up Kieren Jordan, a handy all-rounder who has moved from North Queensland to the Warwick area. Jordan will play his second game for the club on Saturday.

Cantwell said his team had to watch out for the Gross brothers from the Colts team.

"Lachlan usually gets a few runs against us and Jacob bowls well for Colts,” he said.

"We always enjoy the chance to play at Slade Park.

"Our team is keen to finish in the top four and go for the A-grade premiership this season.”

Last season, Wheatvale finished third at the end of fixtures and was then relegated to fourth place after going down to Rosewool Redbacks in the minor semi-final.

Mayhew Oval game

MARYVALE Condamine will play Sovereign at Mayhew Oval on Saturday.

Will Gordon scored 19 not out in a winning score by Warwick at Mayhew Oval in representative cricket on Sunday so will have a feel for the pitch on the Warwick Christian College oval.

The major change in the landscape of Warwick cricket this season has been the arrival on the scene of former Ipswich paceman Andrew McConnell and the return of Mitch Darton.

The pair took seven of the wickets in a Warwick Mitchell Shield win against Stanthorpe on Sunday and will return to club cricket this Saturday with Maryvale.

Sunday match

ALLORA will travel to Slade Park for the Sunday game this weekend against Rosewool Redbacks.

Allora only made 51 runs in the last round of club cricket against Maryvale Condamine and will need to improve if they are going to beat Redbacks.

Redbacks batsman James Kurtz made 39 not out in the Warwick Davis Shield team's victory against Stanthorpe on Sunday and has been a top acquisition for the club.

Carnival draw

THE Condamine Sports Club Warwick Australia Day Cricket Carnival is coming up on January 26-28.

The format for the first two days of the carnival will involve three teams being drawn to play a round robin at each ground each day.

There will be T20 games at 8.30am, 11.30am and 2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Each team will play two of the three games at their ground each day.

Teams will find out their weekend opponents for the first two days when the draw takes place at an informal get together at the Hawker Road Function Centre on Friday at 6pm.

All players and supporters welcome at draw.



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