Warwick win is a must to secure a finals spot
THE maths is simple - Warwick needs to beat Lockyer in the Davis Shield game at Mulgowie on Sunday to make this year's final.
Warwick went down to leader Toowoomba in round 1 before beating Stanthorpe in round two.
Captain Dave Walker said his best this season so far was opening batsman Will Gordon.
"Will batted really well to score a half century against Toowoomba and also batted well against Stanthorpe,” Walker said.
"Mitch McLennan played well with the bat against Stanthorpe and Nick Morris was in the wickets,” he said.
Walker had no doubt his side faced a tough task to beat Lockyer.
"We have kept most of our young team together so they can learn from this crucial game,” he said.
The Warwick officials could have brought a top batsman such as Lachlan Gross back to Davis Shield to strengthen the team but Walker and vice-captain Geoff Thorley chose to stick with the players who had done well this season.
Gross will play Mitchell Shield again after scoring his first representative hundred against Stanthorpe last game.
His brother Jacob will debut in Davis Shield after missing both games so far this season due to Darling Downs junior duties.
Walker has played at Mulgowie and was not worried about what might be in store in the Lockyer.
"All the turf wickets down in the Lockyer are good,” he said.
"There is good pace and bounce in the wickets which will hopefully suit Andrew Ryan who will play his first representative game of the season.”
The Bourke brothers, Kieran, Patrick and Tom, will again combine in Davis Shiel, along with their cousin Mitch Bourke.
Patrick will be wicketkeeper and the three brothers are set to bat in the middle order.
"Tom and Kieran are likely to bowl, Kieran has really improved his batting and hit a score of 90 just before Christmas,” Walker said.
"Mitch has scored a lot of half centuries this season and is set to bat in our top five,” he said.
If a spin bowling option was needed, Thorley was the man, according to Walker.
"Geoff is a leg spinner and medium pacer but if he bowls at the weekend, it will definitely be spin,” he said.
The Mitchell Shield side will have Jamie Saunders out with work commitments and will have Chris Malone included.
Warwick Cricket Association has a bus organised to take players to the Lockyer which will leave Slade Park at 6.30am Sunday. The Mitchell Shield team will play Lockyer at Cahill Park.
T20 club cricket will be played Saturday at Slade Park and Mayhew Oval.
This will be round 3 of the T20 competition which has been played on representative cricket Saturdays. After this weekend, all attention will turn to the January 21-22 Australia Day Carnival.
DAVIS SHIELD TEAM: Geoff Thorley, Jacob Gross, Will Gordon, Pat Bourke, Tom Bourke, Kieran Bourke, Mitchell Bourke, Dave Walker, Andrew Ryan, Mitch McLennan, Nick Morris, Caleb King 12th man