Valleys one-day cricket captain Mitchell Hillcoat is presented the trophy by Gympie Cricket Association’s Peter Kross.
Valleys one-day cricket captain Mitchell Hillcoat is presented the trophy by Gympie Cricket Association’s Peter Kross. Craig Warhurst

Valleys take reserve one-day final

CRICKETING brothers Mitchell and Tyson Hillcoat combined to give Valleys a reserve grade one-day cricket premiership at Albert Park on Sunday.

Younger brother Tyson excelled with the ball against Wests, taking 4-22 off his nine overs, while big brother Mitchell was the star with the bat, notching 79 not out.

His innings included nine fours and two sixes.

Wests batted first in the 50-over contest and got off to a solid start, but when John Stickler was bowled for 30 by the younger Hillcoat the runs started to dry up.

Stickler was Wests' top scorer with McDonald (18) and McIntosh (17) helping the total.

Hillcoat was the star with the ball with his medium pacers tying up the Wests attack.

The other bowler to excel for Valleys was Josh Greaves who took 3-37 off 10 overs.

Wests were bundled out for 124 in 34 overs and Valleys looked favourites to take the final.

Ben Santowksi and Kelvin Kahler opened the batting for Valleys.

Santowski went cheaply for six caught by Morrison off the bowling of Donald.

That brought the older Hillcoat brother to the crease and he combined with Kahler to put on a 39-run partnership before Kahler was trapped leg before wicket by Bartley.

Hillcoat then enlisted the help of Greaves (3) and English (8) to run down Wests score in the 19th over.

The captain said he had a bit of luck in his unbeaten stand when John Stickler put down a very sharp chance when he was on 10 runs.

Stickler reached up to catch a well-hit ball.

His outstretched arm succeeded in knocking the ball down to give his hands a

second chance at the catch, but he grounded the ball.

"It would have been a great catch if he caught it," Hillcoat said.

Hillcoat said the Valleys win was set up by some great work in the field and with the ball.

"Our bowling was nice and tight. I think that won us the game," Hillcoat said.

It was a family outing in the final for the Hillcoats.

The two Hillcoat boys were also joined by their father Greg in the final.

Greg filled in to make up numbers for the match.

The sons said he played well, but needed to brush up on his catching if he was going to get another game.

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