Warwick Mitchell Shield paceman Chris Cantwell bowls to Sovereign Animals batsman Tony Munro in club cricket this season.
Warwick Mitchell Shield paceman Chris Cantwell bowls to Sovereign Animals batsman Tony Munro in club cricket this season. GERARD WALSH

Players debut in Mitchell Shield

THE Warwick Harvey Norman Mitchell Shield selectors have chosen three new players to debut against Lockyer Valley at Rope Hill tomorrow.

Jamie Saunders and Jason Steketee have been given an opportunity after performing well in the Davis Shield competition in recent seasons with the bat.

The other newcomer is CSD all-rounder Greg Louis, who can swing the ball at good pace and is an attacking batsman.

Top-order batsman Neil Cantwell steps into the side as captain in the absence of Adam May, who was ruled out with a knee injury. Classy top-order batsman Shane Hooper will play a key role in the game after scoring a century in club cricket.

The bowling is a blend of youth and experience with AJ McQueen and Mark Steketee complementing seasoned bowlers Chris Cantwell and Brett McEvoy.

Jeff Morris and Donald Miller will both need to score heavily with the bat if the Warwick Davis Shield side is to score an upset win over Lockyer at Mulgowie.

Coen Slatter could add some handy runs in the middle overs with his batting.

In the bowling department, Warwick will rely on pacemen Andrew Ryan and Matthew Elford to gain some early wickets.

A win in either game would be a fantastic result as both Lockyer teams won the Mitchell and Davis Shield finals last season, however Lockyer lost to Goondiwindi in the Slade Shield final between the winners of the Mitchell and Knox Shields.


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