KEY PLAYER: Maugan Benn, pictured in action at Slade Park, will be a key batsman for Warwick Hotel Colts on Sunday.
KEY PLAYER: Maugan Benn, pictured in action at Slade Park, will be a key batsman for Warwick Hotel Colts on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

Premiership hopes on the line as cricket finals gets serious

CRICKET: The return of opening batsmen Scott McLennan and Brodie Frizzell will boost the Victoria Hill side for the A-grade preliminary final showdown with the Warwick Hotel Colts at Slade Park at 10.30am Sunday.

The winner will play Maryvale Condamine in the grand final.

Victoria Hill went down by 25 runs to Maryvale in the major semi-final, in a game where the result would have been much more lopsided except for an unbeaten 47-run last wicket partnership by Victoria Hill pair Ricky Sandhu and captain Tony Morris.

Victoria Hill ran out of overs in the run chase and Morris said it was important to keep up the scoring rate in the middle overs this week.

"We had a makeshift opening partnership last week but our regulars are back,” he said.

McLennan missed last week with a calf injury and Frizzell was at the Bell Rodeo where he was one of the protection clowns.

Morris rates Warwick Hotel Colts all-rounder John Cleary as the biggest threat to his side.

"They have also got batsman Morgan Benn. There is some talent in the Colts side,” he said.

Colts captain Shaun O'Leary will be without batsman Kev Poole, who has work commitments.

"John Cleary may only bat this week after pulling up a bit sore in the knee last weekend,” O'Leary said.

Cleary had knee surgery in December and was the best for Colts with bat and ball last weekend.

Benn will be a key player for Colts.

"Maugan is an experienced cricketer who has scored a lot of runs,” O'Leary said.

"He is handy in the field and offers a lot of good suggestions to me in my role as captain.”

In the reserve-grade game at Mayhew Oval at 10.30am Sunday, Redbacks will play Sovereign Animals.

Star Redbacks batsman Ben Heppell has been working on the flood recovery in Townsville this week but will be home in time to play in the cricket final.

Sovereign will rely heavily on the all-round class of captain Luke Cullen and the pace bowling of Cahal Davis and Caleb King, who have taken the new ball for the past three seasons.

The winner will play Allora in the March 23 grand final.