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Local cricket derby at Slade Park on Sunday

CAPTAINS: Jason Steketee (left) and Ben Staley (right)
CAPTAINS: Jason Steketee (left) and Ben Staley (right)

CRICKET: Stanthorpe captain Ben Staley is hoping his strong pace bowling attack can snare key Warwick batsman Lachlan Gross early in tomorrow's Mitchell Shield clash at Slade Park.

Last season, Stanthorpe beat Warwick despite Gross scoring a century.

"Lachlan never looked like getting out,” Staley said.

He has three left arm paceman at his disposal Andrew Einam, Jordan Lanza and Alex Cameron.

Anderson and Damien Anderson are set to open the bowling for Stanthorpe with Lanza to come on first change.

Luke Brady and Sam Dowie are other pace options.

"The strength of our team is bowling,” he said.

He isn't worried about not having a spinner for a game which will go a long way to determining the two finalists in Mitchell Shield.

Warwick spokesman Dave Walker said he expected captain Jason Steketee would open the Warwick bowling with Mitch Darton and Andrew McConnell.

"Mitch is bowling with good pace and can swing the ball,” Walker said.

Warwick has two spinners, left armer Justin Wheeler who took two wickets in round 1 against Lockyer and Scott McLennan who bowls slow medium.

"Scott doesn't call himself a spinner but his teamates do,” Walker said.

Warwick: Jason Steketee (c), Carter Bilbrough, Pat Bourke wk, Mitch Darton, Jacob Gross, Lachlan Gross, Andrew McConnell, Scott McLennan, Michael Bourke, Coen Slatter, Justin Wheeler

Stanthorpe: Jason Lawer, Sam Dowie, Jordan Lanza, Ben Staley, Luke Brady, Mitchell Drayton, Chris Williams, Damien Anderson, Anthony Marino, Andrew Einam, Alex Cameron.

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