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Valentine Plains prove they are not a spent force

THREE FIGURES: Wade Weeks is hoping for a big season wtih the bat.
THREE FIGURES: Wade Weeks is hoping for a big season wtih the bat.

VALENTINE Plains flexed their premiership muscles on Saturday night, showing that they are not a spent force in the Callide Dawson Cricket competition.

Scoring more than 8.6 runs an over Plains accumulated a 5/346 from their 40 overs and then restricted Colts to 4/168.

Colts started the match on a perfect note when Sketchley picked up the wicket of Hampson on the third ball of the match.

But their joy was short lived with Wade Weeks (125) and Sam Boal (177) combining for a record 310-run second-wicket partnership.

During their 35 overs in the middle the pair hit 36 boundaries.

Weeks' 125 was the first time he had reached three figures and, while he was pleased to pass the milestone, he said his sights were set on scoring some big totals against the two top teams in the competition.

"Colts had a bowling attack full of spin bowlers and we were able to get on top of them early," Weeks said of Saturday's knock.

"It is a great feeling to score your first hundred.

"I'll just have to work a little harder to try and keep scoring runs against Taipans and Thangool, who have pretty strong bowling attacks."

While Plains ability to rack up a score in excess of 300 would have pleased captain Sam Boal, his team's inability to bowl Colts out would have been frustrating.

Teenager Nick Cavanagh continued to showcase his ability with the bat, scoring 41 at the top of the order, while C Marks (50) and Adrian Carbery (34) also batted well.

Wade Weeks was the only multiple wicket-taker for Plains, taking 2/35 off his seven overs.

This weekend the competition's leading teams, Dawson Valley Taipans and Thangool Possums, do battle under lights, while Colts and Primed XI search for their first win in their match-up on Saturday afternoon.


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