In memory of Phil
THERE was a sombre mood at the weekend's Stanthorpe cricket fixtures, with the game being put in perspective following the death of Australian batsmen Phillip Hughes.
"It shows the sport is just about mateship and should never be taken too seriously," Valleys captain Damian Anderson said.
RSL captain Will Dowie was also philosophical about the tragic event.
"Things can change in an instant really - I never thought that something like this could happen," he said.
All four senior teams paid tribute to Hughes with 63 seconds of silence on CF White Oval prior to the two Twenty20 matches.
The junior teams also wore black arm bands on Saturday, while St Joseph's and Stanthorpe State High School cricketers paid their respects before their match on Friday evening.
Saturday's senior matches saw RSL edge Wanderers, and Valleys notch up a bonus point win over Souths.
Sam Dowie (56) top scored for RSL in their 17-run win over a gallant Wanderers.
Wanderers batsman Adrian Hill (74) was in top form, but the RSL bowlers managed to steer their side home for another win.
"Our bowlers did well for us again," Dowie said.
On CF White Oval, a fine display from Valleys' bowlers restricted Souths to just 89 runs from 20 overs.
Curtis Allen picked up three scalps for Valleys, while Josh Anderson and Alistair Middleton claimed two wickets each.
Valleys didn't waste any time in reply, with opener John Fletcher (40) guiding his side home for an easy victory.
With 34 competition points, the undefeated RSL appear destined to be minor premiers. Valleys are in second with 13, while Wanderers and Souths both sit on nine points.