Final rematch hangs in air

TWENTY20 champions Colts are embroiled in a finals rematch against Valleys following the conclusion of the first day of a two-day match at the weekend.

Colts batted first and made 183 before being dismissed at the One Mile Ovals. Valleys, in reply, concluded the day’s play on 1 for 40.

Colts will be feeling nervous before the resumption of play this weekend after failing to crack the 200-mark and Valleys being more than capable of mounting a successful run chase to snare first innings points.

Colts openers J Waugh and A Batten opened the batting for the Twenty20 title holders and added 37 runs to the board before warming the bench.

Young gun Ben Gear found a glimmer of form to make 36 but was unable to keep the momentum flowing when he was short-circuited by a Rod Venn delivery.

Salvaging respectability for Colts was Anthony Smerdon who stood alone to make 48 not out.

His stint behind the crease produced six fours along with a number of single and double runs courtesy of smart running between wickets.

Best with the ball for Valleys was Rod Venn, lifting three wickets from 17 overs while giving away 51 runs.

Meanwhile, youngster Liam O’Brien showed his future promise by also taking a wicket.

Valleys, in launching their run chase, hit a rough patch early on when openers J Ross and K Leupold were dismissed for 17. Ross scored a duck.

Giving the side some hope before resuming this weekend was Patrick Roser, making 23 not out.

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