THERE was action aplenty in the Singleton District Cricket Association at Cook Park 3 on Saturday.
And, the fixture between Creeks and Valley went right down to the wire with the latter prevailing by a mere four runs.
Valley won the toss and opted to bat first, compiling a competitive 8-196.
Dan Hayes (15) and Brennie Whittington (22) set a solid platform at the top.
However, a shaky middle order saw Valley slump to 7-93, despite the efforts of Tate Edwards (20) and Dan Storey (39).
A late burst at the end proved to be the difference.
Liam Storey and Tony Whiting remained unbeaten, with 41 and 31 respectively.
The pair posted a partnership of 62, which included four sixes and five boundaries.
Graeme Unicomb snared 4-26 while Bayden Mulholland took 2-18.
After a strong start, thanks to openers Myles Bruce (50) and Chris Unicomb (11), Creeks appeared to be in the box seat.
Jacob Hill (23), Graeme Unicomb (16) and Mulholland (16) continued the momentum with handy knocks.
But, the wheels fell off when the side slipped from 3-89 to 7-135.
Ben Thomas (37) and Lachlan Charnock (14) tried valiantly to stem the tide, however Creeks’ campaign finished on 192.
Edwards backed up with 3-29, while Liam Storey, Hayes and Whiting captured two wickets each.
At Howe Park, PCH usurped Glendon by five wickets.
The loss of early scalps – Drew Nelson (6), Anthony Bailey (10), Greg Danks (8), Max Wills (1) and Ryan Thomas (8) – proved costly for Glendon who dropped to 5-50.
Youngster Tom Druery (44), with assistance from Scott Daniel (25) and Jackson Lambkin (20 not out), lifted the outfit to 9-142 after 40 overs.
Abe Jones was the pick of the bowlers with 3-28, ably supported by Jake Daniels (2-21) and Barton Jones (2-32).
With in-form Brad Cox (55), Pat Denniss (28), Josh McNamara (31 not out) and Jake Mackaway (12 not out) in control, PCH reached the target with ease.
Druery, after snaring a hat-trick in schoolboy cricket the past week, stood out with the ball again, this time picking up 4-33.
Next weekend, December 8, all grades will contest the first round of the T20 competition.
More matches are scheduled for Saturday, December 15, before the Christmas-New Year break.
Play is set to resume on January 12 with another round of T20 clashes.
Singleton District Cricket Association
DECEMBER 1 report:
First grade –
PCH 5/147 (Brad Cox 55, Josh McNamara 31no, Pat Denniss 28, Abe Jones 3/28, Jake Daniels 2/21, Barton Jones 2/32) defeated Glendon 9/142 (Tom Druery 44, Scott Daniel 25, Jackson Lambkin 20no, Tom Druery 4/33, Anthony Bailey 1/36)
Valley 8/196 (Liam Storey 41no, Dan Storey 39, Tony Whiting 31no, Tate Edwards 3/29, Liam Storey 2/38, Tony Whiting 2/39) defeated Creeks 192 (Myles Cook 50, Ben Thomas 37, Jacob Hill 23, Graeme Unicomb 4/26, Bayden Mulholland 2/18, Lachlan Charnock 1/34)
Second grade –
Denman 1/96 (Karl Bowd 50no, John Apps 43, Shaun Wilkins 4/16, Karl Bowd 2/11) defeated PCH 92 (Lyle Banks 27, Travis Batch 26, Travis Batch 1/10, Jamie Tudor 0/15)
JPC 1/93 (Ash Borg 54no, Kye Dann 21, Ash Borg 3/14, Brad Driscoll 2/14) defeated Creeks 88 (Mitch Bourke 33, Cale Rainey 22, Tristan Pitcher 1/10, Clinton Harman 0/10)
Third grade –
Denman 176 (Jackson Ball 119no, Aaron Murrell 15, Al Murphy 5/23, Cam Saunders 2/15) defeated JPC 107 (Shane Harman 42, Luke Dempster 15, Robie Hedges 4/43, Alex Stafa 2/15)
Valley defeated PCH on forfeit