Warwick Mitchell Shield cricketers (front, from left) manager Col O’Brien, Matt Elford, captain Neil Cantwell, Paul Cantwell, (middle) Jamie Saunders, Chris Malone, (back) Brett McEvoy, Michael Bourke, Chris Cantwell, Brendan Malone, John Cleary and Rob Lindsay.
Warwick Mitchell Shield cricketers (front, from left) manager Col O’Brien, Matt Elford, captain Neil Cantwell, Paul Cantwell, (middle) Jamie Saunders, Chris Malone, (back) Brett McEvoy, Michael Bourke, Chris Cantwell, Brendan Malone, John Cleary and Rob Lindsay. Gerard Walsh

Warwick pulls off plan to take home Mitchell Shield

AN outstanding spell of pace bowling by John Cleary destroyed the Central Downs top order as Warwick won the Mitchell Shield yesterday for the first time in 12 years.

Warwick won by a convincing 145 runs.

Warwick captain Neil Cantwell put the win down to his side batting to a plan.

"We decided to take our time early and have wickets in hand towards the end," Neil said.

The plan worked with Warwick 8-241 at the end of 50 overs.

Cantwell said Cleary bowled as well as he had seen him in taking 4-29 off 10 overs.

"John bowled his 10 overs straight," Neil said.

Warwick batted first and lost opener Brendan Malone for 13 with the score on 21.

Rob Lindsay and Jamie Saunders took the score to 2-67 before Lindsay, 25, was caught in the slips.

Saunders and Michael Bourke ran a lot of threes on the slow outfield to post the Warwick 100.

Saunders was out for 47 off 90 balls and Bourke made 34 off 57.

The first seven batsmen made double figures; such was the consistency of the Warwick batting.

No.7 Paul Cantwell top scored with an unbeaten 49 off 34 balls, including five fours.

Left-arm spinner Charles Evans impressed with 2-26 off 10 overs for the visitors.

Central Downs was 4-15 after Cleary took three of the first four wickets.

Fellow opener Matt Elford proved a handful for the batsmen taking 1-9 off five overs.

He was replaced at the southern end by Chris Cantwell who took 1-24 off 10 overs.

The best Central Downs partnership was 25 in a score of 96.

Paul Cantwell topped a fine all-round performance with 2-23 off six overs.

Captain Neil Cantwell took the final wicket to finish with 1-3 off eight balls.

Earlier in the innings, Neil took a catch to dismiss one of the Central Downs openers after it was deflected in the air by Chris Malone.

Chris Malone then took a fine catch to dismiss danger man Albert Wilkins who top scored with 31.

Michael Bourke and Chris Cantwell were in the winning Warwick team 12 years ago and Neil Cantwell was 12th man.



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