Tale of two play­ers for Proser­pine side

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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