Wheatvale captain Chris Cantwell sends down a delivery in his team’s win in the grand final on Saturday.
Wheatvale captain Chris Cantwell sends down a delivery in his team’s win in the grand final on Saturday.

Wheatvale wins by five wickets

WHEATVALE captain Chris Cantwell praised Nathan Bell and Chris Malone after his side beat RSL Diggers by five wickets in the Warwick A-grade Warwick grand final on Saturday.

RSL Diggers won the toss and batted and were dismissed in the 50th over for 138.

Jamie Saunders top scored with 39. At 4-40, Diggers were in trouble before Brett Savins joined Saunders and the pair added 49 for the fifth wicket before Saunders was well caught by Adam Cummins at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Bell on the last ball before second drinks.

Bell took 4-18 off nine overs.

In reply, Wheatvale was 4-64 when Chris Malone strode to the wicket.

Malone then hit an unbeaten 54 out of the final 75 runs of the innings as Wheatvale won with five wickets in hand and 15.2 overs to spare.

Such was the aggression of Malone, he was the major scorer in an unbeaten partnership of 46 with the normally aggressive Adam Cummins who was 15 not out. Brett McEvoy was the best of the RSL Diggers bowlers with 2-51 off nine overs.

Wheatvale all rounder Chris Cantwell, who now has one from one in grand finals as captain, said the accurate bowling of spinner Bell and the early dismissal of Diggers’ trump card Chris McEvoy by paceman Paul Cantwell were major factors in the win.

“Chris Malone stepped up to the plate when we needed him with the bat,” Cantwell said.

Malone won the Tom and Margaret Walsh Medal for player of the final.

Michael Bourke won the player of the year and top all rounder of the season.



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