Val­leys through to grand fi­nal af­ter win over Cane­cut­ters

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CRICKET

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.

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