Valleys through to grand final after win over Canecutters
THANKS to a victory over Canecutters on the weekend, Valleys have guaranteed a spot in the grand final with Canecutters and Warriors unlikely to gain enough points to challenge Valleys for top spot.
Winning the toss and electing to field, Valleys bowlers Dale Mengel (2/27 from eight overs) and Aaron Regan (2/38 from eight overs) made significant inroads into the Canecutters top order to see Cutters battling at 4/25 after just five overs.
A minor resurrection in the innings from Ben Dray (17) and David Vickers helped put another 25 runs on the board before a strong bowling performance from Greg Dore (3/18 from 5.2 overs) had Canecutters at 6/ 55. Going into drinks and with only one wicket left to end the innings, Valleys looked set to be chasing a very small total.
Usually spear-heading the bowling attack, David Vickers (58 not out) shone with the bat and com- bined well with the experienced Craig Brown (24) to put on 81 runs for the final wicket.
This saw Canecutters pull off a strong recovery before the final wicket fell. Although a smallish run chase, Valleys were somewhat down in confidence after the final wicket stand from Canecutters saw them post 136 runs when a total of less than 70 was looking likely.
Valleys batsman Scott Hardy (19) got off to a good start playing some strong cover drives before one shot too many saw an edge well taken at gully by Liam Davies off the bowling of David Vickers.
Vickers backed up his strong batting performance with his usual threatening bowling display to see him finish with the figures of 3/23 from eight overs.
With Scott Hardy back in the shed, Greg Dore (48) showed his allround capabilities hitting some crisp drives and combining with Aaron Regan (37) in a 70 run partner- ship. Their partnership saw Valleys requiring only 11 runs for victory when Mike Hope and Dale Mengel met at the crease, with Hope (12 not out) bringing up the winning runs with a consecutive six and four to see Valleys finish on 5/139.
With one game left in the round, Canecutters will finish the season on 22.3 points, with Warriors on 18.08 points and Valleys on 28.92 points to play each other this weekend in the final regular match of the season.
This Saturday, March 22 will see Valleys go up against Warriors, with the game to start at 12:30pm at the Kelsey Creek Sporting Complex.
New players are encouraged to contact Craig Brown on 4945 1983 or Aaron Regan on 0400 688 417 if they would like to play.
After this weekend’s fixture, Canecutters will most likely play Warriors in a semi-final match on March 29, with the winner to meet Valleys in the grand final on April 5.
GOOD FORM: Corey Lucht hitting a good ball at the seniors cricket on Saturday at Kelsey Creek Sports Ground.