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Quinalow's key to success

Quinalow captain Michael Bartkowski believes his side can take out the premiership.
Quinalow captain Michael Bartkowski believes his side can take out the premiership.

QUINALOW captain Michael Bartkowski attributes having the same group of players for a number of years to his side's success this season.

Quinalow tops the Dalby Cricket Association table at the Christmas break and only needs one more win from its remaining four matches to secure a finals berth.

"They're all good cricketers," he said.

"We've had the same team for about four or five years now."

The side has only lost one match this season - its round one fixture against Colts Blue - which is also the only game where they won the toss and batted first.

But despite the amazing and somewhat unique streak, Bartkowski said if he could manage to win a toss, he would still bat first.

"It's an unknown for us. We don't want to go in under prepared," he said.

"Sometimes when you put runs on the board other teams falter."

The skipper said he wants to bat first in a game before the finals so they are match ready for the important games if they are put in that situation.

Bowling has been Quinalow's game-changer this season, routing teams for under 100 on a number of occasions.

Kent Skene heads the table for most wickets in the competition after jumping ship from last year's winners, Kulpi.

Skene, David Kucks and Zane Tonscheck all sit in the top six wicket takers in the competition, with 14, 12 and 10 wickets respectively.

But whether Quinalow bat or bowl first in their remaining matches, Bartkowski said his side can go all the way.

"You've got to believe you can win," he said.

Quinalow will take on the only team to have beaten this season tomorrow, which doubles as a top of the table clash with both sides looking to secure that coveted finals spot.

POINTS TABLE

Quinalow 27
Colts Blue 24
Sportfirst 20
Colts Red 14
Centrals 12

Quinalow stats

Batting

C. Kucks 136, S. McLaughlin 83, D. Bartkowski 76.

Bowling

K. Skene 14, D. Kucks 12, Z. Tonscheck 10.


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