Paul Cantwell will play for the Warwick Mitchell Shield side tomorrow.
Paul Cantwell will play for the Warwick Mitchell Shield side tomorrow. Gerard Walsh

Mitchell Shield in crosshairs

AFTER only conceding two runs an over in the first Mitchell Shield game of the season, Warwick all-rounder Paul Cantwell is upbeat about his side's chances of winning the competition.

Tomorrow Warwick plays Central Downs at Southbrook in Mitchell Shield and is up against Central Downs at Oakey in Davis Shield.

A Mitchell Shield victory will secure Warwick a finals berth while the Davis Shield side must win to stay in contention.

Cantwell didn't take a wicket but only conceded 20 runs in his 10 overs in a round 1 win against Lockyer.

He is a true all-rounder as he often bats and bowls in the number four position.

At 20, Cantwell is happy to play cricket for his clubs Wheatvale and Warwick and rugby league for the Warwick Cowboys.

He isn't aiming to play at higher levels but is definitely aiming to win the Mitchell Shield this year.

"The toughest team is always Lockyer and we have beaten them already," he said.

"Central Downs always has a strong batting side."

As a bowler, his best ball is the in-swinger.

"I don't want to open the bowling but come on after 10 or 15 overs when I can still swing the ball," Cantwell said. "My main thing is accuracy."

With the ball, he loves bowling when his cousin Chris Cantwell is at the other end.

"Chris is great to watch, something is always going to happen when he is bowling," he said.

With the bat, he likes to be the aggressor but, if all-rounder John Cleary is at the other end, his aim will be to turn the strike over.

"John is the biggest hitter I have seen," Cantwell said.

 

Steketee to play

Australian under-19 cricketer Mark Steketee will play as a batsman for Warwick in the Mitchell Shield game against Central Downs.

Steketee has a slight groin strain so is having a short break from bowling.

While he might bat at the bottom of the Souths order in Brisbane A-grade cricket, Steketee has shown in Warwick cricket he is more than a handy batsman who loves to hit the ball hard and long.

The other addition is Allora newcomer Allan Petersingham who scored a recent 50 at Slade Park.

The Mitchell Shield side includes three sets of brothers - Mark and Jason Steketee, Chris and Neil Cantwell, Chris and Brett McEvoy.

With the McLennan brothers Kris and Mitch and the Siebenhausen brothers Mitch and Jordan, a record five sets of brothers will play for Warwick this weekend.



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