Souths triumph in twenty20 final

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SOUTHS ran riot against Valleys in Saturday's final to be crowned the Proserpine Cricket Association's inaugural Twenty20 champions.

Led by Sam Gardel with the bat, Souths reached Valleys moderate target of 98 with nine wickets in hand and more than 10 overs still to be bowled.

Gardel smashed three maximums and eight boundaries in his 62 runs before falling to Bryan Lucht (1 for 7) with victory just 15 runs away.

Tom Dray (14 not out) and Sam Collingwood (11 not out) finished off the massacre with ease.

Valleys' batting order came into the final with some confidence after posting some big totals during the competition but in Souths bowler David Vickers (4 for 10) they found a foe that couldn't be tempered.

Vickers wrecked the Valleys batting in a devastating spell after new ball pairing of Pat (1 for 21) and Matt Camm (2 for 32) made the early inroads.

Steve Andrew (34) and Rick Goodyear (33) were the only Valleys batsmen to reach double figures in a disappointing day.

In the other game played Dwayne Guthrie (57), Cory Lucht (49) and Dan Elms (33) ran amok as Canecutters posted a huge 208 runs from their 20 overs against an under strength Warriors.

They were never tested in defence of the total and bowled Warriors out for just 85 runs in reply.

Hayden Russell was the best for Warriors with both bat (27) and ball (2 for 44).

His only support came from Ben Dray (24) and Gerry Miller (12).

Rob Lynch (2 for 23), Robert Whitton (2 for 21) and Shane Miller (2 for 18) shared in the spoils for Canecutters.

This Saturday the regular fixtures will kick off with Souths taking on Warriors on Field 1 and Canecutters taking on Valleys on Field 2.

Games are scheduled to begin at 12.30pm and players are asked to be at the grounds in plenty of time to ensure games get away on time.


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