Warriors premiers in high-scoring grand final
THE Warriors took out an emphatic victory, easily accounting for Valleys in a high-scoring and wet grand final match.
Winning the toss and electing to bat in wet conditions, Valleys got off to a shaky start, with Warriors bowler Chris Wren (2/13 from 5 overs) accounting for both of Valleys' opening batsman to see Valleys at 2/22 after 8 overs.
Aaron Regan (25) partnered Cohen Crocker at the crease to help get Valleys' innings back on track, before Michael Newman (2/23 from 4 overs) struck to put Warriors back onto the front foot.
This brought about a collapse of the Valleys middle order, with spinners Darren Alderton (3/39 from 8 overs) and Grant Lucht (2/32 from 4 overs) doing the damage.
At 7/120, Valleys were staring down the barrel of being bowled out for less than 150. Coming in at number 3, Cohen Crocker pulled off one of the remarkable innings to remain unbeaten on 107 as his batting partners fell around him.
Anything short or overpitched got the full treatment off Cohen's bat as he brought up his second century in the 2013/14 cricket season.
He was aided by Scott Hardy (20) as Valleys recovered from earlier scares to amass an extremely competitive total of 9/205 from their allotted overs.
In wet conditions, one would think a target over 200 would be tough to chase down for the Warriors. Leading from the front, Warriors captain Bryce Fraser and fellow opening batsman Dane Vardanega (18) wasted no time, attacking from the first delivery to speed to 50 runs after 7 overs before Valleys bowler Glen Meier (1/44 from 6 overs) had Vardanega caught behind.
This brought Hayden Russell to the crease to partner Fraser.
If Crocker's innings was one of the better grand final innings of late, then Russell's and Fraser's batting partnership would be one of the better grand final batting partnerships.
The pair put on a staggering 140 run partnership, with no Valleys bowler being spared from their attacking stroke play.
Josh Dyke (1/42 from 7 overs) ended the onslaught, sneaking a delivery through Bryce's defence to see him bowled for 82 runs.
However, it was too little, too late for Valleys with Hayden Russell (85 not out) and Grant Lucht (11 not out), going on to bring up the winning runs in the 34th over to see Warriors champions by eight wickets and well-deserved winners.
With the 2013/14 cricket season coming to a close, it is now time to enjoy the football season before cricket resumes later in year.
Special thanks must go to Proserpine Cricket Association, Club President Craig Brown for running the club, Lloyd Fox for all his work in keeping the fields in great condition and all the players from Warriors, Valleys and Canecutters who supported the local cricket competition throughout the season.