IN A weekend that had three cricket matches, due to a Friday night catch-up game, the conclusion to come out of the weekend is that Souths is the team to beat.
On Friday night, Wanderers took on RSL under lights. Wanderers had first go with the bat and only managed to compile 98 runs.
While the Wanderers' batsmen didn't manage many runs, they did show some resilience, as they lasted 34 overs.
This enabled RSL to give plenty of blokes a bowl. Anthony DiBella followed up on last week's stellar performance to claim another three wickets. Will Dowie also cleaned up three.
RSL was never challenged in its pursuit of the small target. They lost one wicket, with Jason Lawer (30) and Spencer Jensen (28) guiding RSL home in the 19th over.
On Saturday, Souths took on Valleys on Sheehan Oval. On paper, this looked an even match but Souths thrashed Valleys by 168 runs.
Ben Staley (76 retired) and Jordan Lanza (81) set up the blazing innings, with the team reaching 4 for 241 off their 40 overs. Valleys' usually tight bowling figures weren't pretty reading and included 31 wides.
In reply Valleys only managed 73. There were no highlights on the batting card. Youngster Alex Cameron dismantled the Valleys line-up with amazing figures of 5 for 11.
Wanderers would have gone into the Saturday game with some hope they could register their first win of the season against Tenterfield but it wasn't to be, with Tenterfield getting home by 15 runs in a tight encounter.
Tenterfield was bowled out for 163 in 29 overs. Four batsmen managed scores of better than 20 (Merchant, Koch, Murphy and Swan). The pick of the bowlers were youngsters Brock Patti (3-32) and Weyland Aldridge (2-29).
In the end Wanderers' tail wagged to get closer than expected. Mitch Drayton was the backbone of the innings with 67.
In a bright sign for Stanthorpe cricket, it is fair to say most of the mentionable performances this season have come from guys under 20 and some are still under 15.
At the end of the first round, Souths sit son top, followed by RSL, Valleys, Tenterfield and Wanderers.
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