A-grade encounters thrill crowds

THE second round of Gympie A-grade two-day fixtures has produced a pair of hotly contested battles.

Colts have jumped out of the starting blocks against Harlequins while Valleys are in the middle of an exciting run chase set by Wests.

In the Harlequins and Colts battle, Colts batted first and amassed 237 runs, largely due to the incredible form of Rhys O’Brien (69) and Josh Seaniger (55). Play was suspended at the end of the day with Colts hanging on to one wicket.

O’Brien’s stand behind the crease had Harlequins’ fielders working overtime trying to limit the damage.

The batsman, swinging freely, hit five fours and raced quickly between the wickets to strengthen his tally.

Seaniger, meanwhile, also breached the boundary four times, with three consecutive fours a particular highlight of his spell.

Colts finished the day’s play on 237 after 75 overs while best with the ball for Harlequins were Tim and Peter Kross, taking three wickets each.

Harlequins captain Peter Kross said Colts had managed a respectable first innings but was not feeling daunted about his side’s ability to reach the target.

“We’re not really concerned,” he said.

“We will just have to be patient and chip away and all things going well, we have the batsman to reach that kind of total.”

Meanwhile, in the other game, Valleys are attempting to run down Wests’ first innings total of 190.

Play stopped with Wests on 4 for 50, meaning the side needs to start strongly this weekend to take the first innings prize.

Opening the batting, Wests couldn’t have dreamed of a better start.

Captain Neil McKean once again led the way for his side, making a sturdy 57 before he was caught and bowled by Matt Brady.

Supported by Scott McIntosh, who made 54, the pair piled on 111 runs before the partnership was broken and the side dropped its first wicket.

Brandon Sauer also helped Wests’ cause, making 44 runs with a great display of batting versatility.

Roles reversed, Valleys’ Patrick Roser and Mitchell Hillcoat made 37 and 31 respectively to ensure Valleys are in a position to strike back this weekend.

Gympie A-grade cricket resumes this Saturday and players will be in high spirits with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) Masters Tour in town.

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