Val­leys vic­to­ri­ous in rain short­ened match

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SE­NIOR CRICKET

VAL­LEYS notched up their sec­ond win for the sea­son and re­main un­de­feated in a rain short­ened match on the weekend.

War­riors struck early with Steve Knight (1/16 from two overs) strik­ing Greg Dore on the pads in front of the stumps and Aaron Re­gan fol­lowed shortly af­ter, edg­ing one be­hind to the keeper from a great Chris Wren (1/ 43 from 6 overs).

Look­ing shaky on 2/27, Si­mon Vick­ers (65) and Mike Hope (32) teamed up to put an 86 run part­ner­ship. Si­mon’s bril­liant in­nings saw him achieve a new high­est score be­fore he was stumped from a Bryce Fraser (3/51 from 9 overs) off spin­ner.

Spin was the or­der of the day thanks to a skid­ding wicket, with wrist spin­ner Ben Dray (3/58 from 8 overs) also chim­ing in with some wick­ets.

Ju­nior’s coach, Scott Hardy, picked up where Si­mon left off, bring­ing up a quick 27 runs be­fore get­ting out just be­fore the rain de­lay to see Val­leys on 7/174.

Af­ter a 40 minute break from the rain, Val­leys re­sumed their in­nings in wet con­di­tions with Dale Men­gel (19 not out) fin­ish­ing off the Val­leys in­nings to post a to­tal of 8/191 in a short­ened 28 over in­nings.

With a run-rate of well over 6 runs an over re­quired for vic­tory, War­riors strug­gled early on with Val­leys open- ing bowlers Dale Men­gel (1/ 27 from 6 overs) and Ryan Ed­kins (1/26 from 4 overs) team­ing up to re­move the two open­ing bats­man.

War­riors’ cap­tain Bryce Fraser (34) and Dane Var­danega (48 not out) of­fered plenty of re­sis­tance to Val­leys bowlers, pun­ish­ing any loose de­liv­er­ies.

They threat­ened to lead War­riors to vic­tory, be­fore a lead­ing edge from a Scott Hardy (1/12 from 4 overs) de­liv­ery saw Bryce back to the pavil­ion on 34.

Wick­ets were evenly shared be­tween Val­leys bowlers with Si­mon Vick­ers (1/11 from 5 overs) and Ed Ben­sonCooper (1/11 from 1 over) also help­ing out with a wicket each.

Some spe­cial field­ing from Aaron Re­gan re­sulted in two run outs to see War­riors stranded on 7/141 be­fore their 28 overs came to an end.

There will be no reg­u­lar fixtures this Satur­day, with an in­ter-town match be­tween Proser­pine and Bowen to take place on Sun­day.

Two sides from Proser­pine and two sides from Bowen will bat­tle it out at the Kelsey Creek Sport­ing Com­plex with games on at 10.30am.

The matches will be 40 overs per side, with play­ers se­lected to be no­ti­fied dur­ing the week. Oth­ers play­ers are wel­comed to at­tend on the day to cover any late with­drawals, or to help out with um­pir­ing and scor­ing.

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