Tate Edwards top scores and takes hat-trick for Valley as they defeat JPC

GREAT GAME: Tate Edwards top scored and took a hat-trick for Valley as they overcame JPC in second grade last weekend.
GREAT GAME: Tate Edwards top scored and took a hat-trick for Valley as they overcame JPC in second grade last weekend.

VALLEY opening batsman Tate Edwards put forward a pretty strong case to be given more of a chance with the ball on Saturday, taking 4 for 5 from 1.2 overs - including a hat-trick.

The second-grade star was thrown the ball late in the innings after his captain Matt Maher suffered an injury, and proceeded to rip through the latter part of JPC's batting order like he was Mitchell Starc facing India's tail enders.

It took just three deliveries for the medium-pacer to claim his first wicket, bowling Robert Willoughby (4).

Pleased with his effort, he went back to his mark and ran in at Heath Russell, a couple seconds later the umpires finger went up after the number 8 bat was trapped LBW.

Then for the hard part, with much anticipation the 26-year-old sent the ball down the pitch towards Robie Hedges.

Given his two predecessors had failed to lay bat on ball for their dismissals he was keen not to make the same mistake, unfortunately for him the part of the bat he used was the edge, and the wicket keeper caught it to complete the hat-trick.

Two balls into the next over Edwards proved he could do more than bully tail-enders, dismissing David Moorcroft to wrap up the innings.

His contribution wasn't done there though, going on to make 33 - his side's top score - as they chased down the total of 107 in 29.3 overs.

On the plus side for Hedges, he got his revenge by being the one to claim Edward's wicket.

In the other match, Glendon defeated Denman by 35 runs to register their first win of the season.

There were no standout performers with the bat, with Stuart Daniels registering 42 for the winners while John Apps and Allan Murphy both posted 37 for the losing side.

M Harris bowled an important spell for Glendon, taking 3 for 19 from 5, while Murphy fought hard with the ball too for Denman, also claiming 3 wickets.

Valley (2-1-1) sit atop of the table after five rounds, followed by Denman (2-0-1), Glendon (1-1-2), PCH (1-0-1) and JPC (1-0-2).

JPC took the points against Creeks in third grade, claiming the win by 5 wickets.

Brady Wells made an unbeaten 54, while also taking 1 for 13 from 4 in a man of the match performance.

Openers Shane Harman and Donald Hornby-Waring chipped in with 14 each as the team chased down 100 in just 13.1 overs.

The points went to Glendon in their fixture with PCH, sending them to second in the table behind Valley, and just ahead of JPC and Creeks.