FRONT FOOT: Valleys batsman Geoff Sunstrom in action at the weekend.
FRONT FOOT: Valleys batsman Geoff Sunstrom in action at the weekend. James Loose

Valleys win a scorcher

VALLEYS  have secured a five-run win over Colts in a thrilling one-day A-grade final at Albert Park on the weekend.

Not even an Andy Batten century was enough for Colts to take bragging rights as Valleys bowler Craig Wilson destroyed Colts' lower order.

Wilson took 6-19 in an impressive display of consistent line and length bowling leaving the Colts batting lineup without any answers.

"It was a good close game but we are disappointed in the loss," Colts captain Haydn Mitchell said.

Justifiable given that Colts gave away 46 runs in extras, 25 of which came from wides.

"Bowling seven extra overs never helps," Mitchell said.

"We were happy with our batting performance but we gave them an extra 46 runs."

Valleys batsman Rollan Brook topscored for the premiers with a solid half century and was ably supported by Tyson Hillcoat who hit a much-needed 38 runs.

However it was Craig Wilson who held the key to Valleys triumph with his six wickets coming off only seven overs.

"It was a very hard fought game, at some stages Colts were right on top," Wilson said. "I was just able to capitalise on the pressure some of our other bowlers created."

Valleys' focus will now be on maintaining their lead in the two-day standing as the business end approaches.

The one-day premiers are currently on top of the local A-grade ladder on 63.35 points, ahead of Colts on 55.31.

 

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