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Souths prove pitch perfect

BACK AT IT: Stanthorpe Cricket got under way again on Saturday. INSET: RSL took on Souths in their grand final rematch on Saturday.
BACK AT IT: Stanthorpe Cricket got under way again on Saturday. INSET: RSL took on Souths in their grand final rematch on Saturday. Kim Micke

CRICKET: The cricket season is in full flight once more, with the 2017/18 competition getting under way on Saturday.

The first round saw a rematch of last year's grand finalists RSL and Souths on CF White, while Valleys played Wanderers at the high school due to a wet pitch on Sheehan Oval. Tenterfield had the bye.

Souths flexed their premiership credentials by completing a comprehensive victory over last year's premiers RSL.

In last year's final RSL faced a young Souths side with it coming down to a 12-run difference.

Those young players, and years of rebuilding, is showing dividends for Souths, with their next generation of younger players making strong contributions.

Having said that, Paul Carriage for Souths (49) and Duane Lihou for RSL (62*) turned back the clock to top score for their respective sides.

In the other match, Valleys spanked a hapless looking Wanderers.

Wanderers managed 54, with only Harslett and Extras managing to reach double figures.

While Wanderers batting was suspect, Valleys bowlers did show that they have reason to be thrown around in the conversation for this year's premiership.

Valleys completed the task in eight overs.

This Saturday has Valleys pitted against RSL at Sheehan Oval, Tenterfield have their first hit out when they face the impressive Souths on CF White and Wanderers have the bye.

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