PREPARING TO LAUNCH: Valleys bowler Alastair Middleton wreaked havoc on the Wanderers batsmen.
PREPARING TO LAUNCH: Valleys bowler Alastair Middleton wreaked havoc on the Wanderers batsmen. Ella Archibald-Binge

Valleys dish out lesson

Valleys defeat Wanderers

ON CF White Oval, Wanderers batted first on another well-prepared wicket that looked promising for batsmen.

At 2/70 Wanderers were in a solid position but the loss of star batsman Hayden Lanza for 21 started a slide that saw them dismissed in the 30th over for just 147.

Tim Harlsett and Mitchell Drayton provided some support with 16 runs apiece, but fine bowling from Alastair Middleton, who grabbed five wickets for just 12 runs off seven overs, left the Wanderers' innings in tatters.

The Valleys batsmen showed there was nothing wrong with the wicket as they scored the required runs without loss, reaching 0/148 in the 23rd over and claiming a bonus point in the process.

Captain Todd Beckett hit the ball cleanly in scoring his 72 not out, clearing the boundary three times and knocking six fours.

John Fletcher at the other end made 45 not out.

Souths defeat RSL

MEANWHILE up on Sheahan Oval, Souths continued on their winning way, chasing down RSL's score of 160.

For RSL Anthony Di Bella kept his good form with the bat, top-scoring with 33, while Todd Brady (18), Ross Lupton (19) and Tom Garland (20) gave them some hope of a competitive total.

Alan Cameron (2/41) and Scott Williams (3/14) used plenty of experience to subdue the RSL line-up.

It was a tense run-chase, resulting in a win to Souths in the 31st over with just one wicket to spare.

Adam Bonner's 46 proved the difference between the two sides, but he was helped out by Ben Staley (18), Danny Folkers (23), Dave Burgess (24) and Ben Davies (14).

Ross Lupton returned figures of 4/21 from his eight overs to dominate the Souths' top-order, but in reality RSL did not bat enough overs to win the match.

Statistics

Bowling

 Alastair Middleton (Valleys) - 5/12

 Alan Cameron (Souths) - 2/41

 Scott Williams (Souths) - 3/14

 Ross Lupton (RSL) - 4/21

Batting

 Hayden Lanza (Wanderers) - 21

 Tim Harslett (Wanderers) - 16

 Mitchell Drayton (Wanderers) - 16

 Todd Beckett (Valleys) - 72 n/o

 John Fletcher (Valleys) - 45 n/o

 Anthony Di Bella (RSL) - 33

 Todd Brady (RSL) - 18

 Ross Lupton (RSL) - 19

 Tom Garland (RSL) - 20

 Adam Bonner (Souths) - 46

 Ben Staley (Souths) - 18

 Danny Folkers (Souths) - 23

 Dave Burgess (Souths) - 24

 Ben Davies (Souths) - 14

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