Bryce Fraser blasts 72 in Cane­cut­ters cricket win

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CRICKET

BRYCE Fraser has guided Cane­cut­ters to a com­fort­able win over Val­leys in the sec­ond prac­tice match of the Proser­pine cricket sea­son.

Two full-strength sides took to the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds on Satur­day, with new faces mix­ing with reg­u­lars from War­riors, Cane­cut­ters and Val­leys to form two strong sides in a 30-over contest.

Cane­cut­ters won the toss and bat­ted first, but got off to a shaky start thanks to some tight bowl­ing from Zane Smith (1/13) and Aaron Re­gan (1/8).

Strug­gling at 2/11, Bryce Fraser ar­rived at the crease for Cane­cut­ters, and after of­fer­ing an early chance at mid­wicket, cashed in on the Val­leys’ at­tack.

Fraser slugged 72 be­fore his War­riors’ team-mate Hay­den Rus­sell (3/32) dis­missed him thanks to a sharp catch from Re­gan.

Daniel Muller (27) added the charge be­fore he was dis­missed LBW off David Hob­son (2/34).

Cane­cut­ters’ in­nings then crum­bled, as Dale Men­gel (2/ 33) and Josh Dyke (1/21) cleaned up the tail to fin­ish the in­nings at 157 in the 29th over.

In re­ply Val­leys never got go­ing, with their bats­men plagued by poor shot se­lec- tion. Opener Scott Hardy showed prom­ise in his 32 be­fore Ben Dray (3/21) re­ar­ranged the tim­ber. Other than Hardy’s cameo, there weren’t any size­able con­tri­bu­tions, with Aaron Re­gan (14) and Dale Men­gel (14) the next best scor­ers.

New comer Daniel Muller (2/26) and Dar­ren Wil­liams (3/ 22) proved their worth while Hay­den Rus­sell (18 not out) hung around.

Ul­ti­mately Val­leys would be dis­missed in the 24th over with just 110 on the board.

Another warm-up fix­ture will be played this Satur­day be­fore the sea­son proper be­gins in Novem­ber. In other news from the club, the Proser­pine Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion will re­veal its new prac­tice fa­cil­ity on Fri­day.

The club was suc­cess­ful in its grant ap­pli­ca­tion and was sub­se­quently re­warded with new cricket nets.

Pre­sen­ta­tion for the new fa­cil­ity will start at 11am where the club will be pro­vid­ing food and drinks.

For more in­for­ma­tion from the Proser­pine Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion con­tact Craig Brown on 4945 1983.

IN-FORM: Bryce Fraser struck 72 to guide Cane­cut­ters to vic­tory at the week­end.

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