By Casey O'Connor
Rep cricket finally got under way for Stanthorpe and Warwick teams at the weekend with the opening games of the Mitchell Shield played.
Both teams played away games.
Stanthorpe scored a first up win over Central Downs in their game at Harristown park while Warwick played the Toowoomba Reps team at Southern Cross Reserve Oval. (no details of this game were available as we went to print).
Stanthorpe won the toss electing to bat first in their game and set Central Downs a big total to chase. At the end of the 50 overs Stanthorpe were 8/238. In a great batting display three the top order batters set up the big score centuries. Jordie Lanza top scored with 110, fellow opener Lachlan Pill was out for 85 and Jamie Carnell in the middle order scored a half century. Andrew Einam added 25 at the back end of the innings.
Central Downs made a real fist of the run chase. Their openers put on an 87 run partnership and their top order also got amongst the runs on a batters wicket.
Liam Lanza took two wickets as did Brendan Barker as Central Downs fell just 10 runs short at the end of an entertaining game.
A promising start to the Rep Season for Stanthorpe.