Valleys set the pace for rivals
GYMPIE A-Grade cricket side, Harlequins, is currently leading the premiership race with a reasonable buffer over second placed Valleys.
But after the first day of a new round at Albert Park at the weekend, Valleys have their sights set on whittling down the margin dividing the teams.
Harlequins is in front sitting on 35.8 while Valleys is some distance behind in second on 24.64.
But that margin could be greatly reduced should Valleys’ weekend form hold true against Harlequins.
Valleys batted first and flexed its might to collect a first innings haul of 301, declaring shortly after the loss of its ninth wicket.
The declaration allowed Harlequins to commence its innings, but play was cut short with the side on 1 for 32 at stumps.
It’s too early to detect any sign of how the first innings will be decided, but Valleys has sent down a thundering challenge to Harlequins.
Valleys batsman Bill Tillot was in sensational touch with the bat to collect 78 before falling prey to a Tim Kross delivery.
Tillot’s efforts were bolstered by the middle order as Mitchell Hillcoat and M Gomersal piled on 92 runs between them to keep the scorer busy.
Harlequins, still fresh from some dominant victories in recent weeks, will need to respond swiftly when play resumes this weekend to match Valleys’ pace.