100-run stand not enough

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rory Sheav­ils

CRICKET: For the se­cond week in a row a cen­tury from a War­riors bats­man was not enough to save his side from a nar­row Val­leys’ vic­tory.

The vic­tory sees Val­leys qual­ify for the grand fi­nal against Cane­cut­ters in a fort­night’s time.

Bat­ting first, War­riors lost an early wicket with Glen Me­jer (1/25) mak­ing the early break­through to see the War­riors look­ing shaky on 1/5 af­ter the first over.

Chris Don (47), fresh from a cen­tury last week, teamed up with cap­tain Bryce Fraser to put on a 92-run part­ner­ship for the se­cond wicket to put War­riors firmly back into the driver’s seat.

Zane Smith (1/22) made the break­through to re­move Don from the crease, how­ever the joy was short-lived for Val- leys with Bryce Fraser go­ing on the at­tack with War­ren Watts (16 not out) to bring up a com­mand­ing 108 not out to see War­riors fin­ish with a strong to­tal of 2/194 from their 30 overs.

Val­leys were off to a solid start in their run chase with Scott Hardey (36) and Aaron Re­gan (27) lay­ing a 56 run plat­form be­fore Ben Dray (2/ 57) made the break­through to re­move Re­gan and Hardy in quick suc­ces­sion.

Zane Smith (54) and Mike Hope (36) re­sponded well with a 68-run part­ner­ship to ease Val­leys back into the game.

How­ever there were plenty of sin­gles and twos on of­fer for Val­leys middle or­der which was the only dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides in the end with Val­leys bring­ing up the win­ning runs with just eight balls to spare.

Photo: Peter Car­ruthers

CEN­TURY MAKER: Bryce Fraser get­ting a top edge dur­ing the Val­leys and War­riors semi-fi­nal clash on Satur­day.

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