‘Cut­ters crush Val­leys

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

CRICKET: Af­ter a washed out grand fi­nal last year thanks to Cy­clone Deb­bie, the rain re­ceived from Cy­clone Iris threat­ened to do the same this year. The field was very wet and con­di­tions were far from ideal, how­ever a full-strength Cane­cut­ters and an un­der-strength Val­leys fought it out to see who would be crowned as the 2017/2018 cricket sea­son cham­pi­ons.

Bat­ting first and miss­ing three of their top four bats­man, Val­leys play­ers would need to step up to ac­count for this loss.

Un­for­tu­nately, things did not go to plan for Val­leys.

Luke Read (1/22) was threat­en­ing with the ball mov­ing through the air, dis­miss­ing Aaron Re­gan for 16 to pro­vide the early break­through for Cane­cut­ters.

Dale Men­gel (10) and Michael Hope (39) com­bined well for the only solid part­ner­ship of the in­nings, with a 47-run stand.

Mike looked very solid with the bat, whilst Dale may as well have walked out with­out a bat play­ing and miss­ing an in­def­i­nite num­ber of times.

With the dis­missal of Hope and Men­gel, Cane­cut­ters bowlers Scott Milne (2/23), Bren­den Rock (2/14) and Matthew Camm (2/4) put in a huge team bowl­ing ef­fort to skit­tle Val­leys for just 84 runs – well un­der a com­pet­i­tive score de­spite the wet con­di­tions.

Wick­ets and plenty of them was the sim­ple equa­tion if Val­leys had any hope of pulling off a mir­a­cle. Cooper Lane (1/29) pro­vided the early break­through for Val­leys, be­fore Liam Davies (30 not out) and Matthew Camm (23) com­bined for a 33-run part­ner­ship.

Aaron Re­gan (3/17) gave Val­leys a glim­mer of hope as he sliced through the top or­der.

Cane­cut­ters’ bats­man Scott Milne was the fo­cus of his team­mates’ laugh­ter for the rest of the evening as he left a Re­gan de­liv­ery to dis­lodge the mid­dle stump with­out of­fer­ing a shot.

With only 84 runs on the board, it was never go­ing to be enough, even in the poor con­di­tions, as Gavin Milne (16 not out) as­sisted Liam to bring up a six wicket win for the Cane­cut­ters and take out the premier­ship.

Al­though Val­leys were miss­ing a num­ber of key play­ers, it would have been a tough ask for any team to beat the in-form Cane­cut­ters.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Cane­cut­ters for their well-de­served win and be­ing this year’s Proserpine Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Premiers.

The Proserpine Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Craig Brown would like to thank grounds­man and stats guru Llyod Fox for his con­tin­u­ous and tire­less ef­forts, all the teams and their play­ers for sup­port­ing cricket in Proserpine and the ju­nior crick­eters for step­ping up to se­nior grade and show­cas­ing their skills. — Dale Men­gel

PHOTO: TAMERA FRAN­CIS

SOLID STROKE: Play­ers for the Val­leys and Cane Cut­ters gave it their best shot in Proserpine on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

TEE OFF: Mark Richards at Proserpine Golf Course.

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