First it was the C Grade and now the D Grade are back on the winners list! While the C's had the bye in week 10 of HCA competition the D's headed down to Happy Valley - taking the points on the bouncing synthetic pitch and earning back their number 2 spot on the ladder.
Russ lost the toss.... again, and the Range were put into bat. Dave was fired up and ready to go but was left at the crease for 15 minutes waititng to start thanks to his opening partner and tatooed thug Brett. Brett claimed to get slightly lost in suburbia, heading to the wrong oval; however his teams mates have suggested that maybe he took himself on a little detour via KFC on the way to the game. Regardless the old fellas got the Range off to a solid start with an opening partnership of 57 before Brett was dismissed for 16 and headed back to the car to finish his Zinger Burger. Next to go was Dave who after being dropped on 50 and 51 was swallowed at Mid Off for 53, it was again a quickfire knock from the man who leads the association runs talley. Schiller also contributed with the bat making 30, however his straight hitting was the demise of his fellow Waikerie native Patty, run out via a misfield by the bowler before facing a bowl. The lads were 4/113 and looking shakey, but Jimmy Shea steadied the ship to hit his first 50 thanks to some support from number 11 Andy Wray who stayed strong at the non-strikers end - the Range eventually dismissed for 175.
Dave and Patty opened up with the ball and looked good, Col followed with some good length bowling and claimed a wicket, however it was Coathangers Higginson who showed the way with the ball early, getting some good bounce early and menacing the Vikings batsmen. But wickets were hard to come by and at drinks the Valley were only 1 down for 72 at drinks. Russ and Jimmy took the ball chucking down some slower deliveries at both ends which the vikings struggled to get runs on the board. With the required run rate drifting out thanks to some on the spot deliveries a break through was iminent and eventually Russ struck, taking a skied catch off his own bowling to dismiss Ferguson for 40. Jimmy soon followed claiming a couple as did Patty who chucked in some leggies, the boys had tied things right up (Russ and Jimmy claiming 2/13 & 2/17 from 8, Patty 2/26 from 7) and the vikings were cooked. Keithy came into the attack late, claiming his first ever wicket and finishing with the best figures of the day 2/8. Valleys finishing well short in the end at 9/112, putting on only 30 runs in the 20 overs after drinks.
The beers went down a treat before the lads headed off to their extended break thanks to next weeks bye, however there is still one more week of action before Christmas for the C's who will be looking to snaffle 4th spot at the half way mark of their season when they take on Bridgey at Lords in Round 11.