Cane­cut­ters for­feit gifts Val­leys a win

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SE­NIOR CRICKET

WITH the Cane­cut­ters fail­ing to field a side at the weekend fix­ture, Val­leys claimed the points with a full side turn­ing out for the match.

A twenty over a side scratch match was played in place of the nor­mal fix­ture, with the Val­leys team split­ting and com­bin­ing with Cane­cut­ters to form two teams of seven play­ers.

Batting first, team 1 got off to a slow start thanks to some tight bowl­ing and seam move­ment from Dale Men­gel (1/12 from 4 overs).

Greg Dore (16) held up one end as his batting part­ners fell around him, with Mitch Tay­lor (1/17 from 3 overs) and Craig Brown (1/15 from 3 overs) shar­ing in the wick­ets.

Dore looked set to carry his bat through the in­nings, be­fore an Aaron Re­gan (1/15 from 3 overs) thun­der­bolt knocked over his stumps.

Rhys Mor­gans (20) showed some re­sis­tance to the bowl­ing at­tack, while Glen Meier (17) pro­vided some spark in the fi­nal few overs be­fore he sac­ri­ficed his wicket in a run out to see young­ster Blake HardyYoung re­main un­beaten on 10. Af­ter 20 overs, team 1 fin­ished with the very mod­est to­tal of just 88 runs.

With such a small to­tal on the board, it was de­cided that team 2 would bat out all 20 overs re­gard­less of the re­sult.

Team 2 lost two early wick­ets with Hank Ver­wood (2/16 from 3 overs) claim­ing the two scalps to see the team strug­gling at 2/18 af­ter 5 overs.

Like a good bot­tle of red wine, Craig Brown conti- nues to im­prove with age, notch­ing up 43 runs af­ter open­ing the batting be­fore Bowen player Co­hen Crocker (2/9 from 3 overs) re­ar­ranged his wick­ets.

This brought Aaron Re­gan to the crease with his un­con­ven­tional style work­ing won­ders to see him re­main un­beaten on 94, which in­cluded 8 fours and 8 sixes. This saw team 2 fin­ish up with 5/168 af­ter 20 overs and there­fore easy vic­tors.

This weekend (Fe­bru­ary 22) will see Val­leys take on War­riors, with the game to com­mence at 12.30pm.

It would be great to get two full teams on the park, so new or re­turn­ing play­ers are en­cour­aged to come along and have a game.

Play­ers want­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Craig Brown on 4945 1983 or Aaron Re­gan on 0400 688 417.

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