Stanthorpe Mitchell Shield batsman Jamie Carnell took the pitch against the Central Downs in their last representative game.
Stanthorpe Mitchell Shield batsman Jamie Carnell took the pitch against the Central Downs in their last representative game. Linden Morris

Gatton game for reps

THE Stanthorpe Mitchell Shield representative cricket team will pack up their equipment bags and travel to Gatton this weekend.

The team of 11 will suit up against their Lockyer Valley counterparts on Sunday.

Captain Duane Lihou said despite some forced changes, the team was looking good for the round-two clash.

"We have had to make a few changes to the team because some of the younger guys are going to schoolies," Lihou said.

"Hopefully we will be able to strengthen our batting line-up by bringing in some more experienced players who can hopefully get us some more runs.

"Our bowling was fairly strong last time we played so we haven't had to make many changes there.

"We are also hoping to get a better result than we did two weeks ago - a first up loss is never good."

Lihou said with the representative cricket season consisting of only a handful of tests, this would be the first game between the teams this year.

"They are a tough team and we have always had a tough battle with them so it should be an interesting game," he said.

Lihou said there was the possibility of a few showers for Sunday has been forecast.

"Hopefully we will still get a game of cricket out of the day," he said.

"Anything around 5mm or more of rainfall would not be good game wise though.

"We are fairly confident that whatever conditions Gatton's weather and pitch throw at us, we will be prepared and have all bases covered."

Stanthorpe take on Lockyer at 9am on Sunday in Gatton.

Normal team training will take place tomorrow at 5pm at the nets.

TRANSPORT

 A bus will depart for Gatton at 5.45am on Sunday, from the club house.

 Anyone wanting to travel with the team on the bus is asked to phone Duane Lihou on 04374 07366 to reserve their place.

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