DRIVE: Graeme Bembrick gets down the wicket on Saturday during his innings of 53.
DRIVE: Graeme Bembrick gets down the wicket on Saturday during his innings of 53. GARY GUEST

Harlequins deliver Valleys their finals warning

CRICKET: Resuming on 4-39 on Saturday in reply to Harlequins' 128, Valleys lost two quick wickets to be struggling at 6-43, as Glen Brady was removed after adding just one run to his overnight score, and Matt Brady followed soon after.

Brad Brigg joined captain Ash Lawless at the crease, and the pair steadied the innings, adding 33 runs for the seventh wicket to get Valleys back in the game.

Peter Kross broke the partnership by catching Brigg off his own bowling for 19, before Mark Smith trapped Lawless in front for 30 as Harlequins wrestled back the momentum.

The tail failed to wag as Valleys were bowled out for 92, still 36 runs behind Harlequins.

Dean Chandler led the bowling attack with three wickets, taking his tally to 50 for the season, putting him well out in front of his competition in the leading wicket-taker stakes.

After claiming first innings points, Harlequins finished the day in a good position in their second innings at 4-181.

The first five batsmen all passed 20, with the competition's leading run-scorer, Peter Kross, notching yet another half century as Harlequins sent a warning message to their grand final opponents.

After Colts declared on 9-214 the week before, Wests entered day two on Saturday at 1-19.

Colts' spinner Rhys O'Brien squashed any hopes Wests had of moving off the bottom of the table, taking six wickets as Wests crumbled to be all out for 47 with Graeme Bembrick (12) and Brendan Westlake (11) the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Forced to follow-on, Wests looked to be heading towards an outright loss when Colts' skipper Chris Hughes removed opener Shay Bosworth for two.

But fellow opener Bembrick anchored the innings with a well-made 53, with Tony Mills (47) helping Wests to just pass the target.

Max Carlton claimed four wickets, while O'Brien took his tally to nine for the match with three second innings wickets.

When Wests were bowled out on 192, stumps were called on the season for the two teams, with Colts safe in third and Wests finishing a disappointing season in last place.