GOOD SHOT: Damien Anderson bowls for Valleys while Mark Lanza got ready to run.
GOOD SHOT: Damien Anderson bowls for Valleys while Mark Lanza got ready to run. Amy Kadel

Crease heats up in cricket comp

It will be a tight few weeks between RSL and Valleys, as the end of Stanthorpe Cricket's season draws near.

Valleys captain Damian Anderson said with just three regular rounds to go, along with one make-up round with RSL, the competition was running hot.

Anderson said Valleys enjoyed a win against Souths at the weekend.

"We had a few overs to spare,” he said.

He said Souths batted first, and scored 137 runs, including about 64 from Jordan Lanza, while Mark Lanza scored about 20.

Valleys claimed some good wickets, with Steve Martin (4), Kirby Morguna (2) and Anderson (2) doing the bulk of the damage.

Anderson said Anthony Marino and Kirby Morunga were strong when Valleys batted, catching up to Souths with five overs to spare.

"It was a good team effort,” Anderson said.

"We're very much a close-knit team and our fielding and bowling is very much our strong point.”

Placed second on the Stanthorpe Cricket ladder behind RSL, Anderson said Valleys were confident of their chances in securing a grand final position.

Meanwhile, Tenterfield enjoyed a comfortable win against RSL.

But RSL captain Will Dowie said this wouldn't dash the top-ranking team's hopes for a grand final spot.

He said Tenterfield scored 177 runs in their 40 overs, while RSL was all out for 72 in reply.

Dowie said Greg Mackenzie was one of RSL's top performers, with 33.

He retained high hopes the team would be well-placed for the finals.

"If we can pick up a could of wins that'll be good,” he said.

"I think we're pretty happy.”

There are three more regular rounds of Stanthorpe Cricket left to play, before the second and third-placed teams battle it out in the semi-finals.

The top-ranking team in three weeks' time will go straight to the grand final.

As of this week, Souths (32) were placed third behind RSL (47) and Valleys (41). Tenterfield was placed fourth at 17, followed by Wanderers - who lost some points for a lack of meeting attendance - at seven.

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