Defending premiers upset in Singleton District Cricket Association season opener

Creeks' Myles Cook
Creeks' Myles Cook

VALLEY gained some sweet revenge over Creeks in the opening round of the Singleton District Cricket Association on Saturday.

While it might not be the 2016-17 title the side craved earlier in the year, the new-look outfit would have taken some great satisfaction from the 25-run victory at Howe Park.

In the season decider, back in March, Creeks successfully defended its crown with a seven-wicket triumph.

But, Valley snared the early spoils at the weekend.

The team was sent into bat and compiled a very competitive 200.

Simon White stood tall with a handy 44, and received excellent support from opener Nathan Bagnall (29), Jacob Carey (27 not out) and Daniel Storey (27).

Haydon Edwards was the pick of the bowlers, snaring 3-48, while Myles Cook and Lachlan Charnock collected 2-7 and 2-31 respectively.

Creeks began its chase strongly, courtesy of Cook (47) and Chris Unicomb (10).

Middle-order contributions from Jake Hill (33) and Steve Unicomb (28) lifted the side to 4-113.

However, Creeks lost its last six scalps for 62, with their campaign ending on 175.

Storey backed up his batting feats with 4-35.

Bagnall (2-14) and Tom Cox (2-30) also chipped in with vital wickets.

In the other first grade fixture, Muswellbrook stunned a combined PCH/Glendon at Cook Park 3.

Muswellbrook amassed 166 and restricted its opponents to 136, thanks to Mick Deakin’s 6-9.

Round two draw (Saturday):

  • First grade – PCH/Glendon v Creeks (Howe Park), JPC v Muswellbrook (Victoria Park), Valley bye
  • Second grade – PCH/Glendon v Creeks (Cook Park 2), JPC v Muswellbrook (Cook Park 3), Valley v Denman (Denman No 1)
  • Third grade – PCH/Glendon v Creeks (Cook Park 5), Valley v Denman (Denman No 2), JPC bye