War­riors de­feat Cane­cut­ters to win place in grand fi­nal

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET

WAR­RIORS have edged out Cane­cut­ters with a nar­row win of only 6 runs to se­cure a spot in the grand fi­nal against Val­leys this Satur­day.

Batting first, War­riors got off to a steady start with Bryce Fraser (14) and Harry Quod very watch­ful and strong in de­fence, mak­ing bowlers work for any wick­ets.

An in-swing­ing off-cut­ter from Dale Men­gel (1/16 from 4 overs) found a way through Fraser's de­fence to claim what would be the first and only wicket to fall in the War­riors' in­nings.

Quod (42 not out) and Dane Var­danega (52 not out) turned de­fence into at­tack, with some strong stroke play and lusty hits mak­ing life dif­fi­cult for the Cane­cut­ters bowlers.

The Cane­cut­ters at­tack could not find a way to re­move Quad and Var­danega, with the pair re­main­ing un­beaten to see War­riors bring up a de­fend­able to­tal of 1/132 from their al­lot­ted overs.

In re­sponse, Cane­cut­ters got off to a shaky start with War­riors bowlers Shane Knight (1/27 from 4 overs) claim­ing the early wicket of David Vick­ers (6).

Liam Davies (18) and Aaron Re­gan (35) got Cane­cut­ters back on track, tak­ing a leaf out of the War­riors' batting in­nings with some at­tack­ing shots to the boundary.

Spin bowler Grant Lucht (2/27 from 4 overs) struck to re­move both Davies and Re­gan in fairly quick suc­ces­sion to put War­riors firmly back onto the front foot.

Mike Hope (30) and Dale Men­gel (22) teamed up to­gether and it looked likely that the duo would bring up vic­tory for Cane­cut­ters be­fore Hope fell to a great catch on the boundary from Harry Quod off the bowl­ing of Dane Var­danega (1/23 from 2 overs).

With only 11 runs re­quired from 2 overs for vic­tory, it was down to Craig Brown and Dale Men­gel to win it for Cane­cut­ters.

The pair were on track to bring up a win for Cane­cut­ters, be­fore a mixup run­ning be­tween the wick­ets saw Dale Men­gel run out and Cane­cut­ters fall­ing ag­o­nis­ingly short by only 6 runs.

With War­riors se­cur­ing the win, this weekend will see the grand fi­nal played be­tween Val­leys and War­riors in what should be a close con­test.

The game will be 40 overs a side and play­ers are asked to be at the Kelsey Creek Sport­ing Com­plex by 11:45am so that a toss can be held at noon with the game to get un­der­way promptly at 12:30pm.

Spec­ta­tors are wel­come to come along, with the can­teen open for the du­ra­tion of the game.

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