Rain, rain stay away – Valley wants a chance to play

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Two rounds into the cricket season and Valley is yet to finish a game.

After having a bye the first week, Valley appeared to be in a good position to take the win from last season’s unbeaten Union, last Saturday.

And then the rain set in.

The match was abandoned after 47 overs, with Valley notching up 214 runs for nine, making a good start to the season, captain Lachlan Kingan said.

“Batting-wise anyway, it was looking like a pretty competitive total up there at KGP [King George Park], but the rain sort of stopped it.”

Nathan McLachlan racked up 51 runs, hitting seven fours and two sixes, off 46 balls.

“Nathan went well with the bat – he’s been one of the top run scorers for us probably in the last couple of years.”

Robbie Smith also recorded a half century and Kingan scored 43 runs, before he was run out by Union’s Harpreet Singh.

Valley’s attention would now turn to its match against Waitaki Boys’ High School tomorrow, at Weston Park.

The side was wary of Waitaki Boys’, after the school side beat Union by 21 runs in its first hit-out of the season.

Waitaki Boys’ bowler Angus Ruddenklau would be one to watch after taking four wickets in that match, and batsmen Liam Mavor and Ben Donkers each came up just shy of a century, scoring 90 runs each in the first two rounds.

“They’ve already upset one of the top teams from last year,” Kingan said.

“I think every game’s going to be pretty tough this year.”

Valley would be ” looking to target” the school side but a lot depended on “what sort of team we put out”.

Valley needed to do the basics well and put the pressure on Waitaki Boys’ with the bat.

He hoped player Cameron Grubb would be available for this week’s match.

“When he finally turns up, he’s an asset to the team,” Kingan said.