Adam May on the way to 82 not out for the winning Victoria Hill side in a game at Allora against Allora. He is a X Factor player in the semi on Sunday.
Adam May on the way to 82 not out for the winning Victoria Hill side in a game at Allora against Allora. He is a X Factor player in the semi on Sunday. Gerard Walsh

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Maryvale Condamine - First in A grade going into semis

MVP: Will Gordon

X-Factor: Tom Bourke

Classic catcher: Jason Steketee

WILL Gordon is rated by his captain, Paul Bourke, as the team's most valuable player.

Gordon will bat at first drop and bowl second or third change in the A-grade major semi-final.

"He can turn a game pretty quick with the bat,” Paul said.

Gordon also plays A-grade cricket in Toowoomba on Saturdays and the extra game time has benefited his batting.

Tom is the youngest of the three Bourke brothers and can hit a long ball.

Paul said Tom only bowled off a few paces but generated surprising pace.

"He bowls a real quick ball every so often and many players don't pick it,” Paul said.

Victoria Hill batsman Adam May scored 165 against Maryvale in round 1 but was then bowled early on in round 2 by Tom.

The battle between May and Tom with both bat and ball on Sunday could determine the result.

Jason Steketee will field in the covers or mid-off and be safe if a catch comes his way. Steketee could be a match-winner with his batting.

Maryvale went through last season undefeated and have only lost two games this season, both to Victoria Hill.

Victoria Hill - Second in A grade

MVP: Scott McLennan

X-Factor: Adam May

Classic Catcher: Nick Morris

ADAM May has the X-factor in the Victoria Hill team to play defending premiers Maryvale Condamine in the major semi-final at Briggs Oval on Sunday.

May scored 165 off 85 balls against Maryvale this season, a scoring rate near what Chris Lynn scores at when in full flight for the Brisbane Heat.

Victoria Hill captain Tony Morris said the May century was on synthetic at Allora but such was the class of May, it would make little difference with the semi on turf.

"Adam is also a great medium pace bowler and he gets a lot bounce from his great height,” Tony said.

There are six Morris family members in the Victoria Hill squad and Tony did go for one, nephew Nick, to take a classic catch.

"Nick will field at mid-on or in the covers and knocked a stump down from side on to secure a run out against Redbacks,” Tony said.

Scott McLennan is the MVP and has a batting average of 50 this season..

Wheatvale - Third in A grade

MVP: Carter Bilbrough

X Factor: Lachlan Boal

Classic catcher: Harry Glasgow

WHEATVALE captain Carter Bilbrough is a class all-rounder who will open the bowling and bat at first drop.

He missed the past two games due to university commitments in Brisbane but is back for a game where a loss will end his team's premiership dreams.

"Carter bowls a bit faster than medium and will be a key to our success,” Wheatvale paceman Chris Cantwell said.

After scoring 144 for Wheatvale recently, Lachlan Boal has the X-factor in the club.

Boal is capable of fast scoring and can get valuable wickets with his medium pace.

"Harrison Glasgow is very agile and I reckon he will take a diving catch down the leg side for one of our wickets,” Cantwell said.

Glasgow is a century-maker this season and will bat in the first three.

Wheatvale has the most premiership wins in Warwick cricket in the past 30 years and will be tough to beat.

Warwick Hotel Colts - Fourth in A grade

MVP: Lachlan Gross

X-factor: John Cleary

Classic catcher: Matthew Kiernan

WARWICK Hotel Colts captain Shaun O'Leary will rely heavily on Lachlan Gross to score heavily in the A-grade minor semifinal against Wheatvale at Mayhew Oval on Sunday.

"Lachlan has scored a century and a few 50s this season,” O'Leary said.

Gross scored Mitchell and Davis shield centuries last season and players don't make it to 100 in representative cricket if they aren't top-shelf players.

He bowls off spin but predominately keeps wickets when Colts are in the field.

Like his brother, Jacob Gross is all class and will be a valuable player with bat and ball.

South Queensland Country paceman John Cleary is a quality all-rounder and without a doubt the team's X-factor.

He does the same to many attacks that Australian star Glenn Maxwell did earlier this week against India.

At his best, he was one of the fastest bowlers in Warwick in the past decade.

After knee surgery in December, Cleary has been easing himself into bowling and has a four-wicket bag at Allora since his return.

Matt Kiernan will mainly be in the covers and at mid-off. He is quick to the ball and has a good arm.

Kiernan is safe under the high ball and is set to be used as first or second change on Sunday with his off spin.

The farmers in the Colts team will be hoping for rain and in the unlikely situation that the game is washed out, the higher-placed teams, in this case Wheatvale, will move on to next week's week 2 of finals.

The grand finals in both grades are on March16 and will be followed by the presentation of all trophies for the season at Slade Park.

One week (March23) has been allocated as a reserve day if finals are washed out on March16.

Redbacks - First place in reserve grade

MVP: Ben Heppell

X-Factor: James Kurtz

Classic catcher: Andrew Bardsley

BEN Heppell has scored one century and four half-centuries this season to be the MVP for the Redbacks side.

The team is an offshoot of the Warwick Redbacks Aussie rules side.

Heppell is a first cousin of Essendon AFL star Dyson Heppell but won't be worried about footy on Saturday, his whole focus will be on runs.

Andrew Bardsley is the tip for a classic catch at cover point and James Hurtz could provide the X-factor.

Hurtz came in against Allora and hit four or five sixes in a score of 46 in the Redbacks' win.

Allora - Second in reserve grade

MVP: Sean Bryson

X-Factor: Mitch McLennan

Classic catcher: Aaron Vietheer

WITH 340 runs at an average of 34 this season, Allora captain Sean Bryson is favourite to be MVP at Slade Park on Saturday against Redbacks.

Bryson took 6-12 off seven overs to secure an easy Davis Shield title win for Warwick this season but after taking over the captaincy he has not bowled his off spinners as much in club cricket.

"I like to rotate my bowlers a lot as the game changes and often bowl my first over just before first drinks,” he said.

Mitch McLennan is ready for a big score and 'keeper Aaron Vietheer is tipped by his captain to take a classic catch.

Sovereign Animals - Third in reserve grade

MVP: Luke Cullen

X-Factor: Caleb King

Classic catcher: Rob Wagner

THERE is little doubt about the MVP for Sovereign Animals this season: It is captain Luke Cullen.

He will bat at No4 and bowls his medium pace first change. He usually bowls his eight overs in two spells.

Rob Wagner has the Sovereign X-factor, he scored a quick 60 to win a recent game against Redbacks.

"Rob will bowl some medium pace in the middle if needed,” paceman Cahal Davis said.

"He bowls with similar pace to Luke Cullen.”

Caleb King has opened the bowling for the past three years with Davis and is the tip from Davis to take a classic catch.

"Our fielding has been pretty ordinary this season,” he said.

Laurie Wagner is in the Sovereign team and sons Matthew, Rob and Joe have all played during the season.

Sovereign were third in a field of seven teams early in the season but dropped back to seventh but not before two wins against Redbacks and one against Victoria Hill.

Week off

ALL teams in Warwick cricket qualify for finals, the top four in A grade and bottom three in reserve grade.

Today, the fifth and sixth-placed teams play in the major semi in reserve grade. The winner of the Allora game against Redbacks will go straight to the March 16 grand final and the loser will play Sovereign in the preliminary final. Sovereign has this weekend off.

Draw: Saturday: Redbacks v Allora at Slade Park

Sunday: Maryvale Condamine v Victoria Hill, Briggs Oval

Wheatvale v Warwick Hotel Colts, Mayhew Oval

Sovereign has first week of finals off

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