Greg Louis bowls for Colts in their semi-final win. Jamie Saunders is backing up for RSL Diggers at the bowlers end.
Greg Louis bowls for Colts in their semi-final win. Jamie Saunders is backing up for RSL Diggers at the bowlers end. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Colts into A-grade final

WARWICK Hotel Colts wicketkeeper Maugan Benn secured a rare five dismissals in limited-over cricket to steer his team into the Warwick A-grade grand final on March 17.

Batting first, RSL Diggers were dismissed for 119 in 39 overs.

John Cleary swung the ball in the overcast conditions to take 3-14 off seven overs and Shaun O'Leary finished with 3-24 off four overs.

Greg Louis was on the spot with 1-19 off eight overs.

Benn took four catches, two off Cleary, and made a stumping off Lachlan Gross.

Brett McEvoy made 30 and Jamie Saunders 20 for Diggers.

Benn then steered Colts to victory with 55, including seven fours, in a winning score of 3-126. Greg Louis hit four fours and a six in 28 not out.

At Mayhew Oval, Brendan Malone top scored with 26 as Wheatvale made 119.

Paul Bourke swung the ball for Maryvale-Condamine to take 5-31 off six overs.

Maryvale won with 5-123, Andrew Ryan 36 and Michael Bourke 29 not out. Paul Cantwell and Nathan Bell took two wickets each.

It was a day for keepers with Jarred Collins taking four catches for Wheatvale.

Warwick Cricket Association president Col O'Brien said the semi-final winners were the first A-grade teams to win batting second in the past month.

"It was a bit easier for the teams that bowled first as late afternoon showers made it harder for the teams bowling second to swing a wet ball," O'Brien said.


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