LONG DRIVE: Dale Mengel sends a red rocket on its way at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.
LONG DRIVE: Dale Mengel sends a red rocket on its way at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.

Cutters finally post round win

CRICKET: After weeks of soul-crushing defeats, Canecutters have finally broken their duck, winning their first game of the Proserpine Cricket season.

Batting first, Valleys got off to the worst possible start at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds on Saturday, losing a wicket off the match's third ball thanks to express quick David Vickers (1/15).

Another wicket followed in the next over as a result of a run-out, which left Valleys reeling at 2/9.

Greg "Dumble" Dore combined with Zane Smith for the third wicket, with the pair putting on an 86-run partnership to keep Valleys afloat.

Shortly after drinks, Scott Hunter made the breakthrough, accounting for Dore (25).

Smith responded by going on the attack, taking a particular liking to any short-pitched bowling to motor his way to 82 before Hunter claimed another wicket to finish with 3/49.

With early wickets falling and a slow run-rate, Valleys could only manage 6/136 from their 32 overs.

With the loss of an early wicket, Canecutters looked to be following Valleys' lead of making a bad start, before opening batsman Liam Davies (40) steadied the ship.

Dale Mengel (3/55) and Aaron Regan (2/34) then ran through Canecutters' top-order to put Valleys back on top. However, Luke Read (16 not out) and Mick Eades (30) stepped up the play to steer their team over the line for the first time this season.

This weekend Canecutters will look to make it two wins from as many games when they take on Warriors at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds from 1pm on Saturday.

In other news, there are just two weeks to go before nominations close for the Whitsunday Cricket Sevens.

The annual event takes place on December 12-13, with registrations closing close on Wednesday, December 9. The event caters for all ages and skill levels.

For more information, contact Craig Brown on 4945 1983.


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