Harlequins savour victory
THE A-grade Harlequins team never expected to win more than one game, let alone claim the entire Gympie T20 competition on Sunday at the One Mile Ovals.
Harlequins won the T20 competition emphatically, defeating rivals Valleys in the final.
The victorious team, led by captain Peter Kross, made 163 from its 20 overs and was able to restrict Valleys to just 94 in reply.
To reach the final, Harlequins had to play two earlier games.
The first, against Valleys, produced a five-run loss but Harlequins were able to find their groove again in the second with a confidence-boosting win over Wests.
Harlequins captain Peter Kross said the team had been struggling to field enough players all season and even had to borrow two reserve-grade players for the grand final.
To add insult to injury, the Harlequins, already a man down, lost Shaun Ringuet in the first game against Valleys after a stray ball went hurtling towards his face.
Kross said the ball hit him straight in the mouth and he had to have his teeth put in later that day.
But Harlequins (100) only lost to the Valleys (105) by five runs.
Valleys made the runs needed to take the game after Ringuet was rushed off the field.
"It was disappointing because we had them at five for 10 and they didn't lose a wicket after that," Kross said.
Shane Walker and Anthony Reid were the main run-makers for Valleys, helping secure victory.
In the second game of the day, Harlequins went head-to-head against Wests.
Harlequins batted first to make 150 runs, led by batsmen Tim Kross.
Harlequins' bowlers had an equally strong performance to send Wests off the pitch with just 90 runs.
Following their win in the most important match of the day, the Harlequins shaped up to Valleys in the final for the second year running.
"It was a pretty good start to the final," Kross said.
Harlequins made 163 from its 20 overs and Valleys fell well short in their chase, making just 94.
"We won the 20/20 final against Valleys last year," Kross said.
"We didn't think we had any chance of defending our 20/20 title due to the lack of numbers this year.
"We were just happy to have 11 at the start of the day."
Kross said with this year's games being held all on the one day, it was a lot harder as they began playing at 9am that morning and finished some 12 hours later.