Hughes takes six scalps
VALLEY'S chances of overtaking Wests in second spot on the Gympie A Grade cricket table and booking a spot in the grand final against Harlequins are slowly slipping away.
Valleys needed to beat Colts outright this match and hope Wests get rolled by Harlequins to overtake them on the ladder.
An explosive spell of fast bowling by Colts paceman Chris Hughes restricted Valleys to just 131 runs.
Hughes was in great form taking 6-55 off his 15 overs.
Valleys' top order failed to fire with their top five top batsmen scoring only 25 runs with the willow.
Valleys' top batsman was Glynn Brook with 36. His innings included four fours.
Tailender Karl Leupold was Valleys' next best with 35. The number eight hit five fours and a six to give the Valleys total some respectability.
In reply Colts are already 4 for 132 taking first-innings points. Steve O'Brien returned to form with a respectable knock of 57.
The opener played controlled cricket scoring six fours before he was caught by Slater Mitchell off the bowling of Connor Ryan.
Jackson Waugh (5) and Scott Hughes (4) fell cheaply before Max Carlton (34) and Hadyn Mitchell (23) added some handy runs.
Currently Chris Hughes and Nick Lyam are the not-out batsmen.
Young Gympie High bowler Zach Gagen was the best of the Valleys bowlers.
The spinner took two wickets - those of Carlton and Mitchell - for just 24 runs.
Valleys will need to be in spectacular form next week to secure a victory. They will have to bowl Colts out for about 20 to 30 runs.
Then they will have to bat again, get a quick lead and try to bowl Colts out again.
At the moment their chances are looking remote.
But cricket is a funny game.