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Valley/JPC books first berth in Coalfields Cup decider


Singleton’s Valley/JPC booked the first berth in the 2022/23 Coalfields Cup cricket decider after accounting for their rivals at the weekend.

The side will now face the victor of Saturday’s preliminary final between PCH and Greta/Branxton in the season finale on 18 March.

The competition’s play-off series began with a bang, with Valley/JPC enjoying a 15-run triumph at the expense of their town’s counterparts at Howe Park.

Batting first, the pre-game favourites were restricted to a modest 153 having been bowled out in the 38th over.

Plenty of batsmen made starts without pushing on, with opener Kye Dann leading from the front with 27.

Mewa Jeetarwal (22), Brandon Carman (21), Isaac Barry (21), Shane Givney (18) and Daniel Storey (15) were all productive at the crease.

Dan Oldknow was the pick of the PCH attack with 4-28 off eight.

Barton Jones (2-27 off 8) and Hugh Smith (2-14 off 2.4) also picked up a brace of wickets each.

The match hung in the balance throughout the entire PCH run chase.

But, the team was eventually all out in the final over of the contest for 138.

Abe Jones proved to be a telling scalp for Valley/JPC when he was dismissed for 34, with skipper Jackson Cox (27) and Matt Pearce (15) keeping PCH in the encounter.

Valley/JPC used eight bowlers, with skipper Barry (3-28 off 7), Tristan Muir (2-27 off 6.2) and Liam Storey (2-20 off 6) doing enough give their side a grand final spot.

PCH now receives a second chance in the prelim after Greta/Branxton ended Bellbird’s campaign in the minor semi at Miller Park.

The Blues made 5-213 batting first, with skipper and opener Joey Butler returning to form to carry the bat with an unbeaten 64.

Chris Murray shared in a fine partnership with 59, with Jace Lawson (25), Nathan Holz (24) and Josh Dagg (22) all scoring freely.

Zac Kronholm was the pick of the Bellbird attack with 3-44 off eight.

The Tigers’ season came to an end when they were bowled out for 132 in reply inside 35 overs, with Jason Orr (26), Scott Miller (25), Pete Brennan (16) and Billy Orr (15no) making up the majority of their runs.

Mitch Casey was the best of the home side’s attack with 4-27 off eight, with Jace Lawson (2-31 off 8), Brent Watson (2-18 off 8) and Will Regan (2-12 off 2.5) all supporting nicely.

Greta/Branxton now travels to Howe Park on 11 March to take on PCH for the right to face Valley/JPC in the big dance.

  • Mark Bercini

Coalfields Cup

Finals (1pm, Saturday 11 March)

Preliminary final

  • PCH v Greta/Branxton at Howe Park

(Loser eliminated, winner to advance to grand final vs Valley/JPC)

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