Warwick locked in shields showdown
WARWICK is in a must-win situation in both Mitchell and Davis shield competitions when they face Central Downs in Warwick on Sunday.
After both Warwick sides suffered losses in round one, competitions points are a must on Sunday.
Warwick Cricket Association president Col O'Brien said in a three-round Mitchell Shield competition, his team needed two wins to be assured of a spot in the final.
"With four games in Davis Shield, we might need three wins to guarantee a spot in the final," O'Brien said.
While Stanthorpe, Warwick, Central Downs and Lockyer play in Mitchell Shield, Toowoomba club Wests is also in a Davis Shield competition, which many associations use to blood new players.
Central Downs had a win and loss in round one, defeating Stanthorpe in Mitchell Shield and losing to Stanthorpe in Davis Shield.
Warwick teams are still being finalised, but both captains will have spin bowlers at their disposal.
Likely players for Warwick in the Mitchell Shield game at Slade Park are all-rounders Greg Louis, Craig Cantwell and Brett McEvoy, paceman Chris Cantwell, batsmen/spinners Kev Poole and Donald Miller and opening batsman Jason Steketee.
In Davis Shield, RSL Diggers opening batsman Jeff Morris will captain Warwick for the second time after leading his side to victory in the Hendry Bourke Trophy game at Briggs Oval at the start of the season.
Mitch Siebenhausen will bat in the top order and keep wickets for Warwick, while Morris will rely heavily on the skills of Allora all-rounder Kris McLennan.
Diggers all-rounders Dave Walker and Luke Cullen are both in the team along with their team-mate, spinner Kane Saunders.
All three Warwick club matches will be played on Saturday.