DIFFERENCE MAKER: Curtis Allen top scored for Valleys in their win over RSL.
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Curtis Allen top scored for Valleys in their win over RSL. Glenda Riley

Valleys knock off top side

Cricket: Valleys have breathed life back into their finals aspirations by thumping top of table RSL by 161 runs.

Meanwhile Tenterfield put in one of its better performances of the season, but Souths prevailed by four wickets.

Valleys batted first on a hot afternoon on a baked pitch.

Curtis Allen (pictured) kept his excellent season form and was the mainstay of the innings with a near run-a-ball 87.

Anthony Marino (26), Damian Anderson (44) and Josh Crestani (32) all made decent and quick contributions.

RSL players didn't help themselves by bowling 38 extras, including 28 wides.

Tom Garland had the best return with two wickets.

RSL's run chase never got going.

They were bundled out in the 25th over for 102, Luke Brady top scored with 29.

In keeping with the trend in the match, Valleys contributed 28 extras in 25 overs.

Damian Anderson was the chief destroyer with 4-7 off five overs.

Daniel Coup also grabbed 3-31.

In the other match, Tenterfield made use of a good toss to win and made 187.

Geoff Swan (65) and Simon Merchant (38*).

Wides again rate a mention with 43. Ben Staley threw down his part-time dibbly dobs and snared three wickets.

John Hendry and Harry Williams also got two each.

Tenterfield would have rated their chances mid-way through the Souths innings, with some of their recognised batters dismissed cheaply.

But Sach Singh (48), Mark Lanza (33) and Alex Cameron (28*) got the job done and Souths reached the target with five overs and four wickets to spare.

Simon Merchant again proved he is one the better performing all-rounders in the competition, despite his age, grabbing two

wickets.

The points table has become incredibly tight.

RSL sit on top with 24, Wanderers with a game in hand 22, Souths and Valleys on 20 and Tenterfield still winless on 2.

This Saturday's matches will be intriguing.

Although it is just past the mid-point of the season the results could prove important in who makes the top three.

Valleys will take on the Wanderers and Souths will compete against RSL.

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