Wheatvale, Colts replay tests players
AFTER six months of football, cricket action returns today as the Warwick Cricket Club season gets under way.
With Diggers struggling for players, only seven teams will make up the competition this season.
That will mean one team will have an automatic bye each week and players from Diggers will be dispersed among the Allora sides - and possibly more.
Although the seven teams are all at different stages in their development, they will all be aiming to make the A grade grand final, with the showpiece to be held at Slade Park on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Warwick Cricket Association president Mick Bourke said everyone was excited to get the new season under way.
"Everyone's pretty keen to get back into it," Bourke said.
"Everyone's looking forward to taking wickets and making runs again.
"I think there will be a few guys with sore muscles on Sunday and Monday, but it should be a good season.
"It's a shame Diggers aren't in the competition this year, but that's just part and parcel of cricket."
While there will be three games today, the biggest match is undoubtedly the A grade grand final rematch between Colts and Wheatvale.
Bourke predicted a low-scoring affair.
"Both teams have a strong bowling attack and with the batsmen not having batted for a while, I could see them being a bit rusty and struggling to score runs," he said.
"It should be a good, tight game though."
Wheatvale captain Chris Cantwell said his side would look different today from the one that narrowly defeated Colts in the last match of last season.
"We're probably missing four or five guys," Cantwell said.
"We just have to try and cover it, but it gives some of the younger guys an opportunity to bat higher up the order or have more of a bowl.
"They've got guys who can score pretty quickly, so we need to try and keep on top of their batting.
"If we can get early wickets, we can really restrict their scoring, but if we let them get a good start they'll be hard to stop."
Cantwell said he expected Wheatvale to have most of their missing players return for next week.
Colts captain Shaun O'Leary was unavailable for comment.
All matches will be 40 overs per side and will begin at 12.30pm.
Fixture: Colts v Wheatvale at Mayhew Oval, Maryvale v Sovereign at Queens Park Turf and Inglewood v Allora Rascals at Inglewood.