C-grade final action-packed

WHILE the wet weather over the past week stopped play in the A-grade and reserve grade cricket grand finals, the C-grade finalists went head to head.

Valleys and Tin Can Bay, were originally scheduled to play on a turf wicket, but due to the rain were shifted on to the Gabba Grass Number 1 field.

The match was action-packed from the outset, but as could be expected, wickets fell at a great rate.

Tin Can Bay batted first and looked in control at one for 85, but collapsed to be all out for 109.

Valleys stalwart Ken Wheeler was the chief destroyer, taking five wickets for just 13 runs off 12 overs.

Valleys couldn’t capitalise on their fine bowling as they, too, struggled to put together any meaningful partnerships, eventually being all out for just 83.

Ben Ryan claimed five wickets for 21 from his nine overs to be the star performer for Tin Can Bay.

At the half-way stage it seemed as though Tin Can was in control, but Valleys did not give up and tore through the Bay team’s batting line-up again, this time dismissing them for just 74.

Wheeler again contributed with two wickets, but Gavin Creed was the main striker, taking three wickets for just five runs.

With just 101 runs to get, Valleys took to the creases for the final innings of this thrilling grand final.

At the close of play on Sunday Valleys were three for 34, needing another 67 with just seven wickets in hand.

Play will resume on Saturday afternoon with both teams confident of victory.

Wests and Harlequins were due to meet in the A-grade final and Valleys and Wests were to do battle in the reserve grade final.

Unfortunately, the Albert Park wickets were too sodden to be prepared for play, so not a ball was bowled.

The A-grade and reserve grade finals will begin on Saturday, provided predicted rains don’t come.

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