T20 finals set to test teams in Warwick cricket
CRICKET: Today will be the historic first finals in a club T20 competition in the Warwick Cricket Association.
Two semi-finals will be played at 10am, with the grand final between the two winners from 2pm at Slade Park.
The unbeaten Maryvale- Condamine and Wheatvale sides will play in a semi at Slade Park, with Warwick Hotel Colts and Allora playing at Mayhew Oval at Warwick Christian College.
T20 season presentations will be held after the final at Slade Park.
Wheatvale v Maryvale
THE return of paceman Dave Walker will boost the Maryvale team for the semi-final against Wheatvale.
Walker missed last week's Maryvale win against Inglewood in the 40-over- a-side competition.
Maryvale is the only team with three wins from three T20 games in the round robins.
Bruce Ole and son Will will both play in the semi for Maryvale.
Medium pacer Scott McLennan won't play for Maryvale, which will release some of the pressure off Wheatvale.
Scott McLennan, Wheatvale captain Paul Cantwell and Walker are three of the most economical bowlers in the competition.
Maryvale has only 11 of its eligible players available for finals day so there are no selection headaches for captain Andrew Ryan.
Michael Bourke, from the Maryvale team, said bowling dot balls was the key.
"Each batting group will be aiming to stop the dot balls as well,” he said.
"Chris Malone has a high strike rate in any form of the game so will be a key player for Wheatvale.”
Colts v Allora
ALL-ROUNDER John Cleary will return to the Warwick Hotel Colts team for the T20 semi.
Cleary has played for South Queensland Country and won't have a problem belting balls to the other side of Weewondilla Rd when he plays for Colts against Allora in the 10am semi.
Cameron Peterson and Lachlan Gross are backing up for Colts after recent centuries.
Colts batsman Geoff Thorley said spin would be important in the finals.
"We will rely heavily on Shaun O'Leary and Alastair Costello with their spin bowling,” Thorley said.
"Shaun bowls leg spin and Alastair is our off-spinner. The ball should turn a bit at Mayhew Oval, especially in the second 20 overs.”
Thorley has high hopes that Ben and Jacob Gross can again be economical with the ball.
"In the Allora side, Mitch McLennan will be one to watch, he will be better from his Davis Shield experience,” Thorley said.