Colts aiming for A-grade
DON Miller is confident the Warwick Hotel Colts combination can win their next two games and secure a spot in the A-grade competition.
With the competition to be split into A and reserve grades at the end of January, Colts needed a win yesterday and bonus points to stay in contention for A-grade.
Colts dismissed Wheatvale for 117 and then scored the winning runs for the loss of three wickets in 18 overs to record double bonus points.
They had to score the runs in half the allowed 40 to receive double bonus points.
Miller was happy with how he hit the ball in 32 and knows he has to hit form again on Saturday for the tough away game against Inglewood.
"We are definitely improving and there is plenty of commitment at this time of the year," he said.
The Colts side is definitely stronger when they have a Sunday game and can include Toowoomba A-grade pacemen Matt Elford and John Cleary.
In yesterday's game, Miller and Simon Young set up a brisk victory for Colts with an opening partnership of 50 in pursuit of the Wheatvale score of 117.
In the second over, Miller hit a straight drive for four to prove he was hitting the ball well and next over Young easily found the boundary with a drive through cover point.
Miller hit 32 off 35 balls and Young 22 off 27. When Miller was dismissed John Cleary hit 16 off 14 balls but it was Brendan Iles who made sure of double bonus points with 36 off 21 balls.
The Colts win was set up by the bowling of John Cleary who dismissed four of the top six in 4-17 off eight overs.
Cameron Peterson took 3-9 off three overs and Greg Louis 2-24 off eight overs.
Wheatvale never looked like posting a competitive score and were 7-59 before Chris Cantwell, 26, and Nathan Bell, 17, added 43 for the eighth wicket.
Cantwell felt soreness in his back with the second ball of his second over and is in doubt for this weekend's Twenty20 competition at Stanthorpe.
He admitted after the game that he probably shouldn't have bowled the final five balls of his second over after sustaining the injury.
"It wasn't trying to bowl quicker which injured me," he said.