Harlequins lay down challenge

BIG hitting from Harlequins’ opening batsman Michael Walsh has given the side a jump start against Valleys at the weekend.

Playing Saturday, Walsh worked Valleys’ fielders over with relish on his way to top scoring with 80 in the first instalment of the two day match.

Harlequins finished with a healthy score of 202 while Valleys, in reply, are one wicket down for 19.

Walsh’s spell with the bat gained approval from the crowd on the sidelines as he crossed the boundary numerous times.

In total, Walsh smacked seven fours over the rope while smart running between the wickets kept his run rate high.

Also playing a role in helping Harlequins crack the 200-mark was Chris Darrach, who managed 28 before being bowled by Rod Venn.

Tail end batsman Danny Shepperson batted with form above his position, frustrating Valleys’ bowling attack to make a respectable 38 not out.

After a short break and a reversal of roles, Valleys briefly commenced their run chase and hit 19 with the loss of a single wicket from 10 overs.

Remaining at the crease are Patrick Roser and Karl Leupold ahead of the resumption of play this weekend.

Harlequins captain Peter Kross said he was happy with his side’s total but was very much aware half the job remained.

“Valleys are a quality side so we will need to be ready this weekend,” he said.

Making life a little more difficult for Harlequins this weekend is the loss of Tim Kross.

“That is an early blow for us,” Peter said.

Despite Kross being out of action, Harlequin’s bowling attack has plenty of sting with young blokes Luke Wheeler, Dean Chandler and Tom Manthey.

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