Valleys struggle to stay alive
CANECUTTERS strengthened their hold at the top of the Proserpine cricket ladder with a tight win over third place Warriors on Saturday at Kelsey Creek Cricket Grounds.
On the other pitch, Valleys again found themselves short of players and were demolished by a strong Souths side.
Warriors openers Luke Glindeman (29) and Michael Crossley were in a tight battle with Luke Read early on, who gave nothing away and was desperately unlucky not to snare a wicket.
Veterans Henry Poid and Craig Brown then came into the attack and started to make serious inroads into the Warriors' batting line-up.
First Poid (4/11) and then Brown (3/38) mesmerised the Warriors' batting line-up with clever change of pace and movement.
Only Bryce Fraser was able to score, freely hitting two fours and two sixes on his way to 29. With a wet outfield, 119 was not an easy score to chase.
Mark Johnson (15) and Luke Reid (12) opened brightly with an opening partnership of 22 before Michael Crossley (3/17) struck.
Six quick wickets and Canecutters players found themselves with a lot of work to do.
Scott Milne (3/8) had come in as number three and watched five of his team mates go before finding an aggressive partner in Jarryd Guthrie (26).
Guthrie struck two sixes and two fours as they carried the score to 94 before Guthrie departed.
Milne then saved the day with only two overs remaining.
Souths crushed a seven man Valleys line-up whose play was as poor as their turn up.
Winning the toss and batting first, Valleys players were immediately under siege from a very aggressive opening spell from David and Sam Collingwood.
This aggression was tempered by very good line and length in their deliveries.
It was all over in 10 overs when Sam Collingwood clipped Kevin Mason's off stump.