Derby disappointment in Mitchell Shield
STANTHORPE'S cricketers are licking their wounds after crashing to the narrowest of defeats against bitter rivals Warwick on Sunday.
The two towns faced one another in Mitchell Shield action at Slade Park with Warwick paceman Mitch Darton ensuring his side scraped a four-run victory.
Batting first, Warwick made 133 with Lachlan Gross top scoring with 45 before being run out.
Openers Scott McLennan, 15, and Coen Slatter, 13, were the only other Warwick batsmen to reach double figures.
Jordan Lanza was the best bowler for Stanthorpe with 3-24 off nine overs, while Sam Dowie took 2-17 off four overs.
Stanthorpe was 2-102 before losing 8-27 to go down by four runs.
Darton took the final wicket when he bowled Mitchell Drayton for seven.
Earlier Jason Lawer, 45, and Jordan Lanza, 26, had Stanthorpe in a winning position at 1-78 before Lanza was brilliantly caught at short cover by Coen Slatter.
Andrew McConnell took four wickets in his second spell to finish with 4-21 and Mitch Darton took 3-23 off nine overs for Warwick.
At lunch Stanthorpe had scored one third of the target for the loss of one wicket but Warwick came out firing after the break.
"We bowled 28 wides, which is a big thing when you look back on a tight game,” Stanthorpe captain Ben Staley said.
"We relied too much on the next fellow to get the runs. The dismissal of Jordan Lanza to a good catch was crucial.”
The Mitchell Shield win in the Bourke Hendry Trophy game was the first by Warwick against Stanthorpe in five seasons.
Stanthorpe must beat Lockyer at home to have any shot at making the final.