Valleys upset Quins
THERE was plenty of excitement in the Valleys dressing room after winning the Gympie A-grade Twenty20 final on Saturday night.
Valleys beat favourites and one-day champions Harlequins by 29 runs, ruining any chance of the Quins taking a clean sweep of finals in their 60th year as a club.
The win was sweeter after Mitch Hillcoat cleaned up the Harlequins' tail with a hat trick.
Valleys batted first and put on 129 runs from their 20 overs.
That total looked vulnerable to the in-form Harlequins.
Hillcoat was top-scorer with a quick-fire 35.
He cleared the boundary four times before he was caught by Shane Zahner off the bowling of Peter Kross.
Hillcoat was backed up well at the crease by Liam O'Brien (27) and Glen Brady (25).
Dean Chandler and Chris Darrach were the best Quins bowlers. The captain, Chandler, took 3 for 27 and Darrach was the best with 3 for 26.
Chandler thought Harlequins were in with a great chance of taking their second title of the year when his men padded up to bat, but when young gun Liam O'Brien took two quick wickets the momentum swun towards Valleys.
O'Brien claimed both openers - Michael Walsh, who was out for a duck, was the first to go and then Peter Kross was out for two.
Chris Darrach opened his innings with a six and quickly raced to 42 to put the Quins back in the box seat.
But sharp fielding by Brady ran Darrach out and from there the Quins imploded.
Even the in-form Craig Sorrell couldn't rescue his team. He was Hillcoat's first wicket in the hat trick, caught by Leppien for one.
Hillcoat's next ball clean-bowled Tim Kross for two and then knocked over Mark Smith's stumps for a duck to take the hat-trick and the final.
Harlequins lasted only 16 overs and scored 100.
It was Hillcoat's second hat-trick but he didn't know he had one until he got back to the sheds.
"The boys said: 'Well done on the hat trick' and I didn't know what they were on about," Hillcoat said. "There was no secret to it. I just bowled nice and tight and full at the stumps.
"No one expected us to win so it was very good."