Bruce Thomas

Battle for cricket's top spot

GYMPIE A-Grade cricket sides Valleys and Colts hit Albert Park today looking to finish what they started last weekend.

Valleys resume against Harlequins while Colts pick up where they left off last weekend against Wests.

Defending premiers Valleys are locked in a battle with Harlequins to try and claw their way to the back to the top of the competition ladder.

Harlequins is out in front by a fair margin separating them from Valleys in second place, but a loss will see the lead lessen.

Valleys batted first last weekend and an impressive early knock by Bill Tillot (78) helped to send Harlequins a clear message of intention.

Tillot rekindled some of the magic form produced last season to make a lasting impact on the game, lifting spirits and generating crucial momentum.

Valleys’ middle order picked up the slack with Mitchell Hillcoat and Michael Gomersal boosting the run rate, allowing the side to declare its innings shortly after the fall of the ninth wicket for a healthy 301 runs.

Harlequins bowler Dean Chandler was the most effective, collecting three wickets from his nine overs, but his haul came at a considerable cost.

Harlequins had a small stint behind the crease before the day’s play was called, finishing on one wicket for 32.

The removal of Shane Zahner will be a massive boost for Valleys, but plenty of danger players remain alive in Harlequins’ batting order and will be very much a threat.

Meanwhile, in the other game, Colts stitched up first innings points last weekend with 128 runs compared with Wests’ reply of 95.

Wests came close but the retirement of batsman Wayne Sleeman due to injury was a bitter blow to the side.

Colts will take up the bat again for their second innings today, hoping to build a significant total that will give them enough time to bowl out Wests for the outright.

Wests, however, are acutely aware of this and will resist with every ounce of manpower they can muster.

Full scoreboards from both matches can be found in next Tuesday’s edition of The Gympie Times.

Games will be played at Albert Park owing to the Gold travelling away to Caboolture for its second day of play, and the Gympie public is encouraged to fill the stands.





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