Val­leys find­ing form when it counts

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET

VAL­LEYS have warmed up for next month’s Proser­pine Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion fi­nals with a gritty 23-run win over War­riors.

Bat­ting first at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds on Satur­day Val­leys found them­selves on the back foot early, as Hay­den Rus­sell (1/20) and David Vick­ers (1/22) re­moved both open­ers to re­duce them to 2/40 from 10 overs.

Greg Dore (17), Dale Men­gel (15) and Zane Smith (40) res­cued Val­leys’ innings be­fore Manny Singh (3/43) ac­counted for all three bats­men with a smart spell of bowl­ing.

Bryce Fraser rounded out the innings with 3/32 as Val­leys fin­ished their al­lot­ted overs at 9/148. Like Val­leys’ innings, War­riors dug them­selves an early hole as Aaron Re­gan dis­missed Chris Don and Hay­den Rus­sell in con­sec­u­tive de­liv­er­ies.

War­riors’ cap­tain Bryce Fraser and Cane­cut­ters im­port Manny Singh fought back with a solid 80-run part­ner­ship, be­fore Val­leys’ wick­et­keeper shed the gloves for a game-chang­ing spell with the ball.

Michael Hope brought about the end of Fraser (71) and Brett Hansen on the way to tidy fig­ures of 2/38.

Singh (37 not out) con­tin­ued to hold War­riors’ chase to­gether how­ever he couldn’t find any­one to stay with him.

Re­gan came back to con­clude War­riors’ innings at 125, fin­ish­ing with tidy fig­ures of 3/ 37.

This week­end Val­leys will play Cane­cut­ters from 12.30pm at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.

There are just two more fix­tures be­fore fi­nals how­ever all teams are still look­ing for play­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Craig Brown on 0427 764 828.

SHOT: Val­leys' Dale Men­gel glides one into the cov­ers on Satur­day against War­riors.

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