BIG WEEKEND: Sam Dowie is among those expected to play for the Mitchell Shield side against Central Downs on Sunday.
BIG WEEKEND: Sam Dowie is among those expected to play for the Mitchell Shield side against Central Downs on Sunday. Liana Turner

Mitchell Shield contention in balance this weekend

Cricket: Stanthorpe still has the chance to dominate its top level of representative cricket.

But the team's success hangs on the outcome of Sunday's Mitchell Shield and Davis Shield matches.

Stanthorpe will host the Hendry-Bourke trophy games against Central Downs at C.F. White and Sheehan Ovals respectively, from 9am this Sunday.

Mitchell side captain Ben Staley said he looked forward to the first home game this season after away games against Warwick and Lockyer Valley.

He hopes this could give them an edge in the game, the result of which will be one of two extremes: Stanthorpe's success would secure a place in the final, while a loss would see them exit the competition.

"We've played two away games against Lockyer and Warwick,” Staley said.

"It's nice to play at home with the facilities we have.”

Staley said he had yet to secure the team for Sunday, but hoped Stanthorpe local Hayden Lanza, who is now playing for Brisbane, would be able to join the side.

"He's our big weapon for Stanthorpe, so fingers crossed we can get him,” he said.

"That'll definitely strengthen us.”

He said it was a "do or die” match.

"If we do win, it'll be our third Mitchell Shield final in a row,” he said.

"Stanthorpe has always sort of been the easy beat, so it's good when we get a strong side.”

Local RSL team captain Will Dowie said his brother Sam Dowie, Duane Luhou and Ross Lupton would be among those playing for the Mitchell side.

Stanthorpe Cricket president Luke Brady will also join this weekend's Mitchell Shield side.

"It's always good to have a home game and show off our facilities,” he said.

Brady hoped a tough season for the Davis Shield side - they forfeited their first game against Lockyer and was then defeated by Warwick - would be turned around this weekend.

If successful this season, Stanthorpe's Mitchell side would mark its third consecutive win in the competition after the team won against Lockyer at C.F. White Oval in February last year.

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