Andrew McConnell is starring with the ball for Maryvale Condamine and the Warwick Mitchell Shield team this season.
Andrew McConnell is starring with the ball for Maryvale Condamine and the Warwick Mitchell Shield team this season. Gerard Walsh

Cricket teams gear up for new season with some changes

CRICKET: Seven teams have nominated for the Condamine Cup 2018-2019 Warwick season.

The major change is the formation of a Victoria Hill club for the first time in two decades.

Victoria Hill will have many of the players from last year's Allora Rascals team, which is not playing this season.

All games this weekend will be on Sunday.

Premiers Maryvale will play Redbacks at Slade Park, Wheatvale and Warwick Hotel Colts will play at Queens Park and Allora will be at home to Sovereign Animals.

Victoria Hill has the bye.

About the clubs

Maryvale

Captain: Paul Bourke for second season.

Team changes: Rohan Morris, who has a bullock team at Maryvale, will play, along with Dan Conn from Townsville who is working at Raheen Stud.

Likely player of the year: Andrew Ryan scored a 70 and 99 late last season as Maryvale won the premiership in A-grade.

Redbacks

Captain: Tyhe Clarkson

Team changes: Mark Mills and Shaun Brown have joined from the Redbacks Aussie rules club.

Paceman Andrew McConnell has joined Redbacks from Maryvale.

Likely player of the year: Ben Heppell, a cousin of Essendon AFL captain Dyson Heppell.

Ben is a batsman who scores at better than a run a ball and bowls off-spin and is an on/off- spinner.

Wheatvale

Captain: Paul Cantwell

Team changes: Similar team to last year.

Paceman Chris Cantwell will play a few less games.

Likely player of the year: Batsman Brendan Malone is a technically correct batsman who bowls a bit.

Warwick Hotel Colts

Captain: Shaun O'Leary

Team changes: Hugh Inmon is up from juniors and will play in the same team as his father Nick and brother Taegan.

Similar team to last year.

Likely player of the year: An all-rounder like Maugan Benn is the best chance along with star batsman Lachlan Gross.

Allora

Captain: Nick Goltz

Team changes: Nick Morris has joined his brothers at Victoria Hill and will be missed.

Likely player of the match: Team organiser and off-spinner Sean Bryson scored his first century in club cricket late last season while Gavan Scheiwe could lead the run scoring.

Victoria Hill

Captain: Tony Morris

Team changes: The new team will include some of the Allora Rascals team from last season.

Harry Shooter played well as a junior and will play for his home district.

Paceman Liam Duncan is in a team, which will include three Duff brothers and three Morris brothers and their uncle Tony Morris.

Likely player of the year: Joe Morris will bat in top six and bowl first change.

Plenty of pace but first change suits his swing better.

Sovereign Animals

Captain: Luke Cullen with Cahal Davis the vice-captain

Team changes: Very little change other than the loss of Mick Ford who isn't playing this season.

Likely player of the year: Tony Munro and Cahal Davis are class all rounders.



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