Valleys victorious in rain shortened match
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.