Valleys C-grade’s Eric Streat accepts the trophy from Scott McIntosh.
Valleys C-grade’s Eric Streat accepts the trophy from Scott McIntosh. Craig Warhurst

Valleys roll Harlequins in C-grade

VALLEYS have won the C-grade one-day final against Harlequins after a great display of bowling by youngster Brendan Westlake.

The 15-year-old had the ball on a string on Sunday taking wickets at will and ended with the impressive figures of 5-9 off eight overs.

At the start of play Valleys elected to bat after winning the toss and made 8-149 off their 40 overs.

Opener Eric Streat topped the batting with 40 while Brady

Cartlidge batting at first drop made 35.

The rest of the team scored less than 20.

For Harlequins, the best of the bowlers was Ben Seeney, who took 3 for 17 off eight overs, and John Salmon, who took 2-43 from eight overs.

Valleys spokesman Eric Streat said all the Harlequins bowlers bowled very well.

"It was the best C-grade bowling attack we have seen all year," Streat said.

In reply Harlequins were all out for 92 in the 29th over after Westlake ran riot with the ball.

Streat said it was the best he had ever seen the youngster bowl.

"In his first five overs he took 3-6 and 2-3 for the last three overs," Streat said.

"He bowled unbelievably well for a 15-year-old. You couldn't ask for anything else."

Streat said all Westlake's wickets were clean-bowled.

"He took two wickets in consecutive balls in the second over," Streat said.

"He didn't get a hat-trick, but he put the opposition on the back foot."

Valleys' Marley O'Donaghue was the second-best bowler taking 2-16 from five overs.

Meanwhile, captain Ken Wheeler, who came on and cleaned up the tail, ended with the figures of 2-3.

For Harlequins, Jarrod Darrach was the one of the best with the bat, making 30, while Dave Brodtman went one better with 31.

Brennon Wilson was not out on 11.

Five Harlequin players were out with ducks.

Streat said one of the turning points in the game was after the drinks break when O'Donaghue took two wickets in consecutive balls.

One them was Ben Seeney, who had scored 102 not out against Colts the day before.

"We got him for two, so that was pretty lucky I think," Streat said.

He said Valleys went into the game on top of the one-day ladder on run rate.

They were tied with Harlequins on points because their round game was washed out.

"Harlequins are leading the overall premiership ladder and are the team to beat," Streat said.

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