High praise for area from pace bowling dairy farmer
CRICKET: Maryvale Condamine paceman Andrew McConnell is loving his first season in Warwick cricket and has the chance to break his own record for most wickets in a season.
McConnell took 7-8 on Saturday at Mayhew Oval which is believed to be the best bowling in the Condamine Cup since Rod Hansen took 7-0 five years ago.
"It has been my best work decision to move here,” McConnell said.
"I like the club, area and people.”
McConnell moved to Clintonvale, north east of Warwick, to manage a dairy farm and joined the Maryvale club.
He is a fifth-generation dairy farmer and hope some of his four children become sixth-generation dairy farmers.
As for his cricket, he has 21 wickets in club cricket so far this season which he believes is up with the most he have taken at this time of any season. His best is 35 wickets in a season in warehouse cricket.
"I reckon Maryvale has a good chance to win the premiership, we are undefeated so far,” he said.
The paceman could have had an eighth wicket except the bail did not dislodge when the ball hit the base of off stump.
McConnell has previously played in Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and Brisbane competitions.
His previous best was 5-5 for Red Dogs in warehouse cricket in Brisbane.
"I managed to put the ball on the right spot and it moved a fair bit on Saturday,” he said.
"It was a good deck for bowling, my best ball is the in-swinger.”
His seven wickets followed four in Mitchell Shield a week earlier.
Batting first, Maryvale made 9-195 with Pat Bourke hitting 40, Dave Walker 31 and Kieran Bourke 31 not out. Sovereign made 30, Joe Wagner the best with eight.