Tale of two players for Proserpine side
CRICKET: It was a tale of two players on the weekend as Valleys captain Mike Hope and Ricky Parslow led the way with both bat and ball to bring up a convincing win against Canecutters.
Batting first, Valleys weren’t off to the best of starts as Ricky tried to find a suitable partner in crime in which to occupy the crease with.
Tight bowling from youngster Jayden Lane (2/43) kept Valleys batsman honest before Regan Knight (26) combined with Parslow for a 38 run partnership.
At 4/104 the game could go either way with a couple of wickets to pile the pressure back on Valleys.
Parslow finally found the perfect foil in Mike Hope (80) as the pair put on a 125-run partnership with Ricky Parslow raising his bat for a well deserved 110 runs along the way.
Although Canecutters managed to nab a couple of late wickets, the damage had already been done as Valleys posted a formidable total of 6/279 after 38 overs.
It was a case of déjà vu for Canecutters as they too struggled to get off to great start with Mike Hope, fresh from his 80 runs, made significant inroads with the ball to see Canecutters teetering at 3/19.
Opening batsman Liam Davies (30) and Brendon Rock (27) weathered the storm somewhat to post a 36 run partnership before Ricky Parslow (4/13) backed up to terrorise with the ball, with Mike Hope (4/24) again his partner in crime.
Matthew Camm (42) tried his best to make victory difficult for Valleys, however it was too much of an ask for a single batsman as Canecutters were bundled out for 130, handing a 149-run win to Valleys.
This Saturday will see a break from regular fixtures as the Kelsey Creek Dump Chooks (Proserpine Cricket Association) travels to Bowen to play Bowen Cricket Association for the Woods Cup. Proserpine will be keen to earn back the trophy after a drought of a couple of years.
The game will start at 10am in Bowen with a bus leaving from Proserpine about 8.15am.
Players taking part will be notified during the week to confirm travel arrangements.