Cricket two-day battles resume

THE opening round of A Grade two-day battles concludes today.

Twenty20 champions Colts continue their grudge match against Valleys while Harlequins take up the fight against Wests.

In the Harlequins and Wests battle, Wests have laid down their claim for first innings points.

Wests batted first last week and made a creditable 215, largely due to captain Neil McKean.

McKean smashed 140 before Harlequins’ Dean Chandler was finally able to end his imposing run.

Harlequins resume play today in their first innings and have nine wickets in hand. At the crease is Michael Walsh, not out on 43, and J Symmons, not out on 2.

In the other game, Valleys are trying to avenge their loss to Colts in the final of the A Grade Twenty20 competition.

Chances of an upset are high after Colts batted first last week and failed to crack the 200-mark.

Anthony Smerdon top scored with 48 not out to give Colts a fighting chance today.

In reply, Valleys are 21 overs into their opening innings with the loss of a single wicket.

In other cricket news, the Gympie representative team competing for the Wide Bay Shield has been named ahead of a second round clash against Fraser Coast at Albert Park on Sunday.

Gympie Cricket Association president Bob Blackburn said the team had to win to stay alive in the competition.

The starting list for Gympie is: Brandon Sauer, Connor Sauer, Brendan Mahaffey, Reece O’Brien, Tom White, Chris Darrach, Tom Manthey, Ben Gear, Jackson Waugh, Luke Wheeler, Callum Glasgow and K Gear.

The game starts at 9.30am at Albert Park with players asked to arrive at 8.30am.

Meanwhile, C Grade also starts its one day fixtures this weekend. Valleys take on Tin Can Bay at Tin Can Bay while Colts play Wests at Gympie South State School.

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