It’s a long time between drinks
WARWICK captain Neil Cantwell is seeking his first Mitchell Shield final win when his side plays Central Downs at Slade Park on Sunday.
Cantwell was 12th man when Warwick last won the trophy a decade ago, the same year he captained the Davis Shield side.
"It is exciting to be captain and keeps your brain on the job," Cantwell said.
He concedes the loss of medium pacer Chris McEvoy who is currently on a European trip was a major loss.
"Chris was guaranteed to bowl 10 overs a week and would concede 30 runs if that," Cantwell said.
While the selectors will finalise the teams for both Mitchell and Davis shield finals on Sunday morning, Cantwell isn't expecting major changes from the team which beat Stanthorpe to record its third win in three games this season.
"Matt Elford was unavailable for the game against Stanthorpe and is likely to open the bowling with John Cleary," he said. "They are two of the fastest bowlers in the shield competition."
Cantwell won't be short of bowling options with the openers to be well supported by medium pacers Paul Cantwell, Chris Cantwell and Brett McEvoy.
The skipper has the option to also bowl Michael Bourke and himself.
"We didn't need Michael against Lockyer and I have only bowled one over of pace and two overs to spin in the competition.
"The tailenders were blocking the medium pace in one game and I bowled a bit of off spin to try to clean up the tail."
The off spin worked with Cantwell taking the final wicket of the innings.
There will be a second change to the Mitchell Shield team as Craig Cantwell is out with a torn quad muscle.
Warwick will host Lockyer in the Davis Shield final at Mayhew Oval at Warwick Christian College at 9am.
Two wins on the day will herald Warwick's most successful day of cricket for at least two decades.
Shaun O'Leary is captain of the Warwick Davis Shield side which will be without Brendan Iles and Cameron Peterson who have prior commitments.
SQUAD: Jamie Saunders, Brendan Malone, Rob Lindsay, Mick Bourke, John Cleary, Neil Cantwell, Paul Cantwell, Brett McEvoy, Chris Malone, Matt Elford, Chris Cantwell, Jason Steketee, Maugan Benn, Andy Crestani, Aaron Vietheer, Tony Burke, Allan Petersingham, Jordan Siebenhausen, Kev Poole, Dave Walker, Hugh Wren, Jack Breen, Shaun O'Leary, Mitch Siebenhausen, Kris McLennan.