Caig Sorrell is on fire with both the bat and the ball at the moment.
Caig Sorrell is on fire with both the bat and the ball at the moment. Craig Warhurst

Sorrell's first-rate

HARLEQUINS  are again looking at an outright win next Saturday after they cleaned up Valleys in their first innings for 48 runs.

Once again it was Gympie's version of Shane Watson taking wickets and scoring runs.

The only difference between Watson and Craig Sorrell is that Sorrell doesn't open the batting for the Quins, he bats at number eight.

The redhead is again up for man of the match honours after scoring 60 not out with the bat and then taking 5-6 to rip the heart out of the Valleys batting line up.

Harlequins were the first to bat on Saturday and the Valleys bowlers, led by Glen Brady 5-47 off 20 overs straight, bowled well to restrict the top order to a modest total.

Michael Walsh (20), Peter Kross (21) and Shane Zahner (26) all had good starts but failed to keep the runs moving and Harlequins found themselves in a bit of trouble at 7 for 86.

But as Zahner was caught Leppian off the bowling of Brook, Tim Kross joined Sorrell at the crease.

The pair put on a 74-run partnership and dragged Harlequins off the floor.

When Kross was out for 43, caught Leupold off the bowling of Grieves, Harlequins were 8 for 160.

Kross' innings included four fours and two sixes.

Sorrell then joined with Mark Smith and Dean Chandler and the tail continued to wag putting on another 41 runs.

At the end of the innings Sorrel was not out 60.

His innings included eight fours and a six boosting Harlequins to a respectable total of 201.

As the Valleys openers Connor Ryan and Shane Walker strolled to the crease little did they know they would become two of Tim Kross' five wickets.

Kross and Sorrell combined to destroy the Valleys line up.

Kross 5-20 and Sorrell 5-6 were almost unplayable.

Only Valleys captain Shane Walker (16) put up any resistance.

Ryan fell for a duck along with three other team-mates.

Slater Mitchell (10) was the only other Valleys' batsman to make double figures.

Harlequins have a 153-run lead over Valleys as the move into next weekends second day.

Valleys will need nothing short of a miracle to avoid outright defeat.

If I was them I would be praying for rain.

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