Wests believed the game was in the bag
CRICKET: The match between Gympie Valleys and Wests is still anyone's game.
A relaxed Wests, after bowling Valleys out cheaply, were not prepared for a fight back at Albert Park last Saturday.
Captain Brett Long said his team started well, bowling Valleys out for 116, but when they return to the crease on Saturday, won't be feeling as comfortable with just 64 runs on the board and four wickets in hand.
"It could go either way for us this Saturday," Long said.
"Instead of making sure to get runs we took a bit of a relaxed approach."
The best score for Valleys was made by tail-ender Matthew Brady.
Brady scored 23 before lofting a ball to Wests' Hayden Westlake to end his knock.
Long said although both sides batting poorly, Brady bowled well for Valleys to take three wickets.
Wests' best with the ball was Max Cartwright and Brendan Westlake who both took three wickets each.
With Wests 52 runs behind, the game could go either way when play resumes.
"We will consolidate and hopefully score the runs," Long said.
"The key to take our time," he said.
"We need to make their score with little to no mistakes."
Long said with the weather heating up, so should the action at Albert Park.
In the other match Colts dominated Harlequins batting all day before declaring at 9/304.
By the time it was Harlequins' turn to wield the willow, the umpire ruled it was too dark to keep playing.
Colts are in a strong position with a formidable line-up, Long said.
Harlequins will need to knuckle down and do their best to get runs and try to finish with at least a draw.
"I would say they would want to finish off the day with wickets still in hand," Long said.
Jake Vidler scored a half-century for the Colts with the rest of the team scoring around the 20s.
"He played with a straight bat - very convincing.
"It shows they are a top side with each team member able to score 20 runs."
Although the game obviously got away from Harlequins, stalwart Peter Kross kept the team on track, taking six wickets.
"He is troublesome with the ball," Long said. "If it wasn't for him the Colts could still be batting this week."