CAPTAIN'S KNOCK: Warwick captain Jason Steketee will guide his side against Lockyer in Mitchell Shield at Gatton tomorrow. Warwick also plays Davis Shield at Mulgowie.
CAPTAIN'S KNOCK: Warwick captain Jason Steketee will guide his side against Lockyer in Mitchell Shield at Gatton tomorrow. Warwick also plays Davis Shield at Mulgowie. Gerard Walsh

Toss key to finals spot in Davis Shield

CRICKET: Warwick Davis Shield captain Dave Walker's strategy is similar to that of a current international captain - he wants to bat first tomorrow and put scoreboard pressure on Lockyer in the second half of the day.

Warwick has to win the Davis Shield match against Lockyer at Mulgowie to secure a finals spot against Toowoomba.

"The wickets are true at Lockyer so the plan would be to bat first and put scoreboard pressure on Lockyer,” Walker said.

While Warwick can't make the Mitchell Shield final, it can upset Lockyer's hopes of a home final.

Lockyer has two wins in Mitchell Shield this season and will play the winner of tomorrow's game between Stanthorpe and Central Downs in the final.

Walker is a co-selector for the Mitchell Shield side and expects Warwick leg spinner Shaun "Robbo” O'Leary to do well at Cahill Park, Gatton.

"The cricket pitch is between the two footy fields,” Walker said.

"Robbo has been bowling well this season. He spins it more than Test man Steve O'Keefe but less than Warnie. Robbo has a good wrong-un as well.”

Captain Jason Steketee will head a strong top order, which includes last game century-maker Lachlan Gross and Wheatvale star Brendan Malone.

"Brendan gives us a solid base in the top order,” Walker said.

"He could bat for the full 50 overs.”

A bus will transport the Warwick teams to Lockyer.



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