Wests poised to make grand final
WESTS' A-grade cricket side is now almost a certainty to make the final against Harlequins after defeating Valleys outright on Saturday.
The Valleys' side is still in with a chance but must win both of the remaining two games.
At least one must be outright and Wests will need to play a couple of ordinary games and lose outright.
Wests batted first and scored what looked like a below par 138 in their first innings.
The bulk of the runs came from number nine bat and first-time captain Brandon Sauer.
He scored 60 to give Wests some respectability.
In reply Valleys scored just 88.
Wests spearhead Wayne Sleeman went on a rampage taking six wickets for just 38 runs.
Valleys' captain Shane Walker was their highest scorer with 23.
At the end of the first innings Wests had just a 58-run lead.
But in the second innings Wests dominated with the bat.
Leon Smith scored 81 opening the batting, Josh Heck, 35, and Shay Bosworth was an outstanding 101 not out.
His massive innings included 10 fours and five sixes.
Neil McKean, 30, and Scott Reedman, 32, also batted well and helped boost their seconds innings total to 317.
That left Valleys needing 367 to take an outright win in just half an afternoon.
Wests on the other hand were looking for an outright win too.
They needed 10 wickets to give them a nice buffer in second spot on the Gympie A-grade Cricket ladder.
Wests bowling attack of Brett Long and Connor Sauer opened.
They set about winning the game.
Long took 4-31, while Sauer took 3-28.
The pair ripped the heart out of the Valleys' batting line-up to clean them up for just 104.
Dean Walker was the only Valleys' batsman to stand up.
He scored 44 before he was caught by Long off the bowling of Smith.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Sauer captained Wests for the first time in the Valleys match.
Captain Neil McKean is grooming Sauer to take over the roll.
Sauer said the win was a great boost for Wests coming into their match against top-of-the-table Harlequins this weekend.
"We had a good win," Sauer said.
"With just two games left, if we go alright we should be in the final hopefully."
He said Shay Bosworth and Leon Smith led the way with the bat.
"They put is in a real good position."
He said Wests was now confident of giving Harlequins a run for their money next weekend.
"With good bowling and good batting we should get the job done.
"We are sort of confident, we just have to see what happens on the day I guess."