Colts bowler Chris Hughes turns in disgust as a catch was put down on Saturday.
Colts bowler Chris Hughes turns in disgust as a catch was put down on Saturday. Craig Warhurst

Harlequins top of table

A FIRST innings win by Harlequins on Saturday has cemented them at the top of the Gympie Cricket A-grade premiership table.

With two matches left in the regular season, the Quins are on 112.18 points more than 35 points ahead of closest rivals Wests in second.

Harlequins have guaranteed themselves a spot in the grand final and are just waiting to see if they will face off against Wests or Valleys in the decider.

Wests are in the box seat to take the second spot after beating Valleys outright on Saturday.

They are 22 points ahead of Valleys.

Valleys will need to win this weekend outright against Colts and hope Wests get rolled by Harlequins this weekend to have any chance to get into the final.

On Saturday, Harlequins took first innings points against Colts on Albert Park number 2.

Harlequins bowled Colts out for 141 in the first innings with Craig Sorrell taking seven wickets.

In reply, Harlequins scored 325 after a century from Peter Kross on day one and 74 from Craig Sorrell on day two.

Joe Laffey continued on with the bat on Saturday to make 58.

His honesty was admirable after he walked without being given out caught behind.

Ryan Gottke was Colts best bowler taking 6-86 off 20 overs.

Colts needed to make 181 runs before making Harlequins bat again while the Quins were after 10 wickets to take an outright victory.

Colts put their head down and batted well, making 234 runs by the end of play with the loss of only seven wickets and allowed Harlequins just the first innings win.

Hayden Mitchell was the Colts' best bat scoring 81.

His innings included some strong hitting.

Eight fours and four sixes showed he had his eye well and truly in.

Others to perform well for Colts were Hughes (38), Watson (27) and Anthony Smerdon (25).

Mark Smith was Harlequins' best bowler, claiming four scalps for only 23 runs.

Harlequins will play their likely grand final opponents Wests this Saturday and will work on a plan to take the two-day grand final in their 60th year as a club.

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