BAT TO BALL: Bryce Fraser making a tentative connection with the ball during the Valleys and Warriors semi-final clash.
BAT TO BALL: Bryce Fraser making a tentative connection with the ball during the Valleys and Warriors semi-final clash. Peter Carruthers

Warriors’ ton not enough

CRICKET: For the second week in a row a century from a Warriors batsman was not enough to save his side from a narrow Valleys' victory.

The victory sees Valleys qualify for the grand final against Canecutters in a fortnight's time.

Batting first, Warriors lost an early wicket with Glen Mejer (1/25) making the early breakthrough to see the Warriors looking shaky on 1/5 after the first over.

Chris Don (47), fresh from a century last week, teamed up with captain Bryce Fraser to put on a 92 run partnership for the second wicket to put Warriors firmly back into the driver's seat.

Zane Smith (1/22) made the breakthrough to remove Don from the crease, however the joy was short-lived for Valleys with Bryce Fraser going on the attack with Warren Watts (16 not out) to bring up a commanding 108 not out to see Warriors finish with a strong total of 2/194 from their 30 overs.

Valleys were off to a solid start in their run chase with Scott Hardey (36) and Aaron Regan (27) laying a 56 run platform before Ben Dray (2/57) made the breakthrough to remove Regan and Hardy in quick succession.

Zane Smith (54) and Mike Hope (36) responded well with a 68 run partnership to ease Valleys back into the game.

Adam Passfield (2/37) and youngster Matthew Shoebridge (1/13) made the double breakthrough to remove Smith and Hope to give Warriors a strong chance of victory.

However, with the absence of a few players due to other commitments, there were plenty of singles and twos on offer for Valleys middle order which was the only difference between the two sides in the end with Valleys bringing up the winning runs with just eight balls to spare.

The win sees Valleys take on Canecutters in the grand final on April 2 from 12.30pm at the Kelsey Creek Cricket Ground.

Players from both sides are asked to be at the grounds prior to starting time so a prompt start can be made.


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