Could PCH be bound for back to back SDCA first grade titles?
Though it is a very early call, the powerhouse outfit has now defeated all four of its opponents with ease thanks to a Jake Mackaway inspired victory over JPC on Saturday.
Mackaway, who also starred Valley's first grade premiership in 2017/18 and aims for a three-peat this season, scored 94no for the reigning premiers while Barton Jones also added another four wickets to his tally.
MEANWHILE Valley has returned to the premiership discussion thanks to an equally impressive 94 from teenager Isaac Barry.
PCH will now take on JPC while Valley will hope for redemption against Glendon in this Saturday's second vs. fourth clash.
PCH 2/178 (Jake Mackaway 94no, Jackson Cox 49no, Barton Jones 4/21, Dan Oldknow 3/30) defeated JPC 177 (Shane Givney 67, Greg Thrift 50, Daniel Thrift 2/29, Josh Harvey 0/17)
Valley 4/238 (Isaac Barry 94, Simon White 56no, Dan Storey 40, Brendan Nichols 2/35, Sam Barry 2/41) defeated Creeks 7/237 (Graham Unicomb 44, Hamid Arain 43, Chad Solman 35, Owen Daley 2/22, Blake Cook 2/50)
Reigning SDCA second grade premiership star Gregg Dann added to his impressive onfield resume on Saturday by scoring his first hat-trick in cricket.
The feat would inspire JPC to an upset victory over Creeks in the top of the table clash.
Creeks opener Dan Tracey proved to be the standout for the ladder leader with 71 runs followed by Johny Cornelius on 63.
Travis Batch brought some enthusiasm back into the PCH line-up when scoring 68no in the bottom of the table clash of the second grade competition.
Lachlan Vaughan starred for the home side in the opening innings (recording 5/8) to set the target at 122.
JPC 8/195 (Rod Pearce 84, Rod Luxford 38, Gregg Dann 5/35, Hayden Moorcroft 2/38) defeated Creeks 189 (Dan Tracey 71, Jon Cornelius 63, Jarrod Campbell 3/37, Tristan Pitcher 1/2)
PCH 126 (Travis Batch 68no, Evan Moss 16, Lachlan Vaughan 5/8, Jay Jensen-Langford 2/19) defeated Denman 122 (Mark Donnelly 26, Karl Bowd 26, Jack Waters 3/16, Marcus Baker 3/32)
A total of four Howards would represent Valley to secure another third grade victory.
Yet again it would be the 'Marcus Rowe show' as the talented batsman recorded his second century in the space of four weeks.
Valley was joined on the winners' list by Glendon and JPC.
Valley 2/292 (Marcus Rowe 152no, Jason Newberry 76, Raje Garrett 5/6, Jackson Kolatchew 2/4, Kyle Knight 0/36) defeated PCH 40 (Daniel Bates 10, Kyle Knight 9, Brendan Budden 2/43, Lee Pritchard 2/5)
JPC 3/81 (Marius Uys 34no, Luke Whitaker 26, Robie Hedges 4/5, Marius Botha 4/21) defeated Denman 77 (Ben Rumbel 27, Campbell Hinze 10, Ashton Blake 1/5, Ben Rumbel 1/10)
Glendon 3/75 (Troy Bowditch 20no, Cooper Bailey 15, Austin Maher 3/7, Ethan Burns 1/6) defeated Creeks 7/66 (David Hayne 21, John Hipwell 14, David Hayne 1/21, Hamish Snape 1/14)
SDCA TOP FIVE RUN SCORERS:
Marcus Rowe (Valley) - 152no
Jake Mackaway (PCH) - 94no
Isaac Barry (Valley) - 94
Rod Pearce (JPC) - 84
Jason Newberry (Valley) - 76
SDCA TOP FIVE BOWLING:
Raje Garrett (Valley) - 5/6
Lachlan Vaughan (PCH) - 5/8
Gregg Dann (JPC) - 5/35
Robie Hedges (JPC) - 4/5
Barton Jones (PCH) - 4/21