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Cutters keep Valleys at bay in close finish

Dave Hobson batting was in form playing cricket at Kelsey Creek on Saturday.
Dave Hobson batting was in form playing cricket at Kelsey Creek on Saturday.

SENIOR CRICKET

THE Canecutters almost threw the game away in what turned out to be a close match at Kelsey Creek sporting complex on the weekend. In wet conditions and a shortened match of 30 overs a side, Canecutters won the toss and elected to field.

Valleys batsmen found the wet conditions difficult with the ball swinging and skidding off the pitch.

After 15 overs, Valleys were only 1/62.

Veteran Craig Brown showed the younger players the importance of line and length bowling, finishing with the impressive figures of 3 for 24 from his 6 overs.

Simon Mohamet supported Brown and chipped in with 2 for 48 from 5 overs.

Opening batsmen Darren Williams held the Valleys innings together with an unbeaten 52, while some lusty hits from Shane Knight (28) saw Valleys average 7.5 runs per over in the final 15 overs to rocket to a total of 175 after 30 overs.

Fighting back, Canecutters looked to make short work of Valleys' total with an excellent 91 run opening partnership between Liam Davies (50) and youngster Simon Vickers. Vicker's innings of 62 runs was his first 50 in senior cricket.

This saw Canecutters in the formidable position of 1/111 after 15 overs, some 49 runs ahead of where Valleys were positioned at the break.

With only 32 runs for victory and the loss of only 3 wickets, the game looked all but over.

However, a breathtaking display of pace bowling from Brandan Mackie (4 for 25 from 5 overs) saw Canecutters lose 5 wickets for only 28 runs.

With just 5 runs needed for victory and 2 wickets remaining, Mackie had batsmen jumping all around the crease before Canecutters eventually brought up the winning runs to claim victory by 2 wickets.

After ten weeks, Warriors lead the competition comfortably on 39.36 points with Valleys (28.12) and Canecutters (27.41) fighting it out for second spot.

This Saturday, February 16, will see Canecutters up against Warriors, starting at 12.30pm at Kelsey Creek sporting complex.

The annual Pink Stumps Day will be held at the Kesley Creek sports grounds next Saturday, February 23. The club is encouraging local businesses and members of the public to get a team of eight-a-side together for a fun day of cricket while raising funds for the McGrath Foundation.

So find yourself some team mates, dress in pink and head to the grounds for a 9am start.

Call Bernadette Camm to nominate your team on

4947 5725

New or returning players are always welcome at the club and can call Craig Brown on

4945 1983 or Dale Mengel on

0410 895 191 for further information.

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