War­riors over­run by Val­leys

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Mike Hope may never wear the gloves again af­ter an­other stel­lar bowl­ing dis­play saw him tear through the War­riors middle or­der to fin­ish with the im­pres­sive fig­ures of five wick­ets for 22 runs.

Hope has the sea­son’s sed for 119 runs and the War­riors fell an amaz­ing three runs short of the Val­leys’ to­tal. The Val­leys and War­riors play again this week.

The win­ner of this game at the Kelsey Creek ground will play the Cane­cut­ters in the grand fi­nal af­ter Easter. most wick­ets af­ter bowl­ing in only two games with com­bined fig­ures of 11/48.

Matthew Hansen (14) looked com­fort­able at the crease and it looked as though Don would bat out the en­tire in­nings.

He was even­tu­ally dis­mis-

CRICKET: A cen­tury scored by War­riors wicket keeper Chris Don was not enough to see his side home against the Val­leys at the week­end.

Bat­ting first, Val­leys got off to a good start through Scott Hardy (53) and Aaron Re­gan (24), com­bin­ing for a 43-run open­ing stand be­fore young­ster Matthew Hansen (1/40) took the wicket of Re­gan.

Hardy led the at­tack with Zane Smith (49) prov­ing the per­fect foil for Hardy – the pair putting on a 55-run part­ner­ship.

Be­fore Shane Knight (1/ 29), Ben Dray (2/54) and Noel Waipepe (2/33) com­bined to make in­roads into the Val­leys’ middle or­der.

David Vick­ers (20 not out) put on some late runs to see the Val­leys fin­ish with 191 for the loss of eight wick­ets.

In re­sponse the War­riors went on the at­tack from the get go.

Ben Dray and Chris Don put on a sub­urb 62 open­ing run stand. Dale Men­gel (2/ 47) scored two quick wick­ets be­fore Don hit Men­gel out of the at­tack.

While Don was dis­patch­ing de­liv­er­ies to all ar­eas of the field he was quickly run­ning out of bat­ting part­ners.

Val­leys wicket keeper

BOWLED OVER: Aaron Re­gan bowls an over­arm at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.

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