War­riors pre­miers in high-scor­ing grand fi­nal

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -


THE War­riors took out an em­phatic vic­tory, eas­ily ac­count­ing for Val­leys in a high-scor­ing and wet grand fi­nal match.

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat in wet con­di­tions, Val­leys got off to a shaky start, with War­riors bowler Chris Wren (2/13 from 5 overs) ac­count­ing for both of Val­leys’ open­ing bats­man to see Val­leys at 2/22 af­ter 8 overs.

Aaron Re­gan (25) part­nered Co­hen Crocker at the crease to help get Val­leys’ in­nings back on track, be­fore Michael New­man (2/23 from 4 overs) struck to put War­riors back onto the front foot.

This brought about a col­lapse of the Val­leys mid­dle or­der, with spin­ners Dar­ren Alder­ton (3/39 from 8 overs) and Grant Lucht (2/32 from 4 overs) do­ing the dam­age.

At 7/120, Val­leys were star­ing down the bar­rel of be­ing bowled out for less than 150. Com­ing in at num­ber 3, Co­hen Crocker pulled off one of the re­mark­able in­nings to re­main un­beaten on 107 as his batting part­ners fell around him.

Any­thing short or over­pitched got the full treat­ment off Co­hen’s bat as he brought up his sec­ond century in the 2013/14 cricket sea­son.

He was aided by Scott Hardy (20) as Val­leys re­cov­ered from ear­lier scares to amass an ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive to- tal of 9/205 from their al­lot­ted overs.

In wet con­di­tions, one would think a tar­get over 200 would be tough to chase down for the War­riors. Leading from the front, War­riors cap­tain Bryce Fraser and fel­low open­ing bats­man Dane Var­danega (18) wasted no time, at­tack­ing from the first de­liv­ery to speed to 50 runs af­ter 7 overs be­fore Val­leys bowler Glen Meier (1/44 from 6 overs) had Var­danega caught be­hind.

This brought Hay­den Rus­sell to the crease to part­ner Fraser.

If Crocker’s in­nings was one of the bet­ter grand fi­nal in­nings of late, then Rus­sell’s and Fraser’s batting part­ner­ship would be one of the bet­ter grand fi­nal batting part­ner­ships.

The pair put on a stag­ger­ing 140 run part­ner­ship, with no Val­leys bowler be­ing spared from their at­tack­ing stroke play.

Josh Dyke (1/42 from 7 overs) ended the on­slaught, sneak­ing a de­liv­ery through Bryce’s de­fence to see him bowled for 82 runs.

How­ever, it was too lit­tle, too late for Val­leys with Hay­den Rus­sell (85 not out) and Grant Lucht (11 not out), go­ing on to bring up the win­ning runs in the 34th over to see War­riors cham­pi­ons by eight wick­ets and well-de­served win­ners.

With the 2013/14 cricket sea­son com­ing to a close, it is now time to en­joy the foot­ball sea­son be­fore cricket re­sumes later in year.

Spe­cial thanks must go to Proser­pine Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, Club Pres­i­dent Craig Brown for run­ning the club, Lloyd Fox for all his work in keep­ing the fields in great con­di­tion and all the play­ers from War­riors, Val­leys and Cane­cut­ters who sup­ported the lo­cal cricket com­pe­ti­tion through­out the sea­son.

SEA­SON WIN­NERS: The War­riors team of David Vick­ers, Dane Var­danega, Bryce Fraser, Hay­den Rus­sell, Grant Lucht, (front) Dar­ren Alder­ton, Chris Wren, Michael New­man, Shane Knight and Re­gan Knight were thrilled to take out the 20132014 cricket grand fi­nal in Proser­pine on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

GRAND FI­NAL: Chris Wren bowled up a storm on Satur­day af­ter­noon at Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.

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