IN BATTLE: Geoff Thorley (Colts), who scored 96, faces the bowling of Paul Cantwell (Wheatvale), 5-20, in the first game between the two sides this season. The same teams meet on Saturday at Slade Park.
IN BATTLE: Geoff Thorley (Colts), who scored 96, faces the bowling of Paul Cantwell (Wheatvale), 5-20, in the first game between the two sides this season. The same teams meet on Saturday at Slade Park. Gerard Walsh

Premiers to play Colts in match of the round

CRICKET: Premiers Wheatvale will host Warwick Hotel Colts in the match of the round in Condamine Cup cricket on Saturday at Slade Park at 12.30pm.

Colts won the game between the two sides in the third week of the season during a run of six successive victories.

Geoff Thorley led the way for Colts with 96 and Paul Cantwell took five wickets for Wheatvale.

During the time around Schoolies Week, Colts were without many of their regulars and dropped some games, but have the form to push Wheatvale in the second clash this season between the two teams.

Wheatvale was without captain and star all-rounder Paul Cantwell in the run-up to Christmas, but classy opener Brendan Malone was in outstanding form.

It is likely Paul will play on Saturday, but may not bowl.

His cousin Chris Cantwell is again available for selection after hurting his back in a game at Slade Park last month.

Chris said the key for his side would be dismissing Colts trio Lachlan Gross, Geoff Thorley and Maugan Benn.

"Lachlan is strong all around the wicket and doesn't have a weakness,” Chris said.

Wheatvale and Colts are in a battle for second behind runaway leaders, the unbeaten Maryvale- Condamine.

On Saturday, Maryvale and Sovereign play at Mayhew Oval while Railway Hotel Rascals host Inglewood at Allora.

Inglewood has one of the form batsman in the competition in Shane Hooper and start favourites in this game.

In the Sunday game, Allora and Redbacks meet at Slade Park at 10.30am.

Redbacks are the big improvers in this year's competition after most of their players traded Aussie rules footy boots for a cricket bat and ball.

One to watch is all-rounder Dave Drewery, who has performed with bat and ball this season and has the experience to help guide the younger Redbacks around.

This round of games will be a selection trial for the Mitchell and Davis Shield sides for the January 17 round of representative games against Lockyer at Lockyer.

Warwick has to win the Davis Shield game against Lockyer to make the final whereas in the Mitchell Shield, Warwick is out of contention after two losses so the team will be playing for pride.

A round of Warwick Twenty20 games will be played on January 16.

Australia Day Carnival

THE Australia Day Carnival has 32 teams for the annual festival of cricket on January 21-22.

Thirty teams are confirmed as starters and there are two reserve teams.

Warwick Cricket Association president Michael Bourke said he was keen for one more team to nominate so round robins between three teams can be played at 11 grounds on the Saturday.

"We will definitely only be accepting 33 nominations as we need enough umpires for all the games and prefer to play all games on the larger grounds,” he said.



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