Valleys streak ahead on the ladder
CRICKET: The weekends’ cricket fixtures saw Valleys get a win over Wanderers and Souths had an emphatic victory over an understrength Tenterfield.
Wanderers won the toss and batted on Sheehan Oval.
Valleys bowlers bowled their typical tight lines and lengths to restrict Wanderers scoring rate. But to Wanderers credit they didn’t throw away their wickets, which allowed for an increase run rate in the last 10 overs.
Wanderers managed a respectable 8-146. Damian Anderson was the standout bowler in his first game of the season taking 4-18 for Valleys.
Wanderers captain Brock Patti made his maiden half century and Jamie Carnell was dismissed for the first time this season for 34.
In reply Valleys chased the total down in the 31st over. Curtis Allen anchored most of the innings with 48.
Valleys were cruising at 2-102, but stuttered, loosing 4 for 42. However, it was a solid all-round batting performance to give a comfortable win. Andrew Einam and Jamie Carnell got 2 each.
On CF White Oval, Souths batted first and took the opportunity to mix up their batting line up. This played out well enough for Souths as they made a solid 7-181.
Liam Lanza top scored with 63. Pat Skinner had the best bowling returns with 3-34.
In reply Tenterfield didn’t offer much resistance crumbling for 93, which included 30 wides. Ben Staley turned in his career best figures 6-20. Alex Cameron also had a good day with 4-21.
Valleys now sit on top of the table by themselves, although RSL have a game in hand.
Next week sees RSL and Tenterfield play a make-up game on Friday night.
Then on Saturday there is a top of the table clash between Valleys and RSL. In the other match Wanderers and Souths will play to see who goes to third on the ladder.