VALLEY V HAMPTON
Andrew Fawbert was the star as he scored an unbeaten century to lead Valley to victory over Hampton.
Valley set an imposing total of 4/195 and it was too much for Hampton who finished on 9/176.
It was a shaky start for Valley losing 2/16 before Fawbert came to the crease. His 127* included 10 fours and five sixes.
Hampton's best bowler was Pat Mcgregor who picked up 2/29 off 8 overs.
Matt Palmer (60) and Matt White (47) tried their best to get Hampton over the line but they eventually ran out of overs.
Nic Kenniff (3/40 off 8 overs) and Jurzen Takahira (3/50 off 8 overs) had the best figures for Valley.
LITHGOW HOTEL V LIDSDALE
Lidsdale posted 6/193 batting first and Lithgow Hotel fell well short as they were all out for 146.
There were plenty of contributors with the bat for Lidsdale with Dallas Tilley (46*) and Darren Lambert (36) the top scores.
Michael Hutchinson (3/44 off 8 overs) and Matt McManus (2/39 off 8 overs) picked up the wickets for Lithgow Hotel.
Josh Blanchard (42) and Hutchinson (41) batted well in the chase but were let down by a few low scores from the rest of their team.
Brett Roach (3/9 off 4 overs) and Chris Redding (2/19 off 8 overs) were Lidsdale's best with the ball.
A six team semi-finals took place in this year’s second grade competition with a major and minor semi-final taking place this Saturday.
LITHGOW HOTEL 1 V PORTLAND 1
Portland 1 lost their first wicket before scoring a run but were able to post 145. In reply Lithgow Hotel 1 never looked a chance as they collapsed to be all out for 71.
Shane Green was the top scorer for Portland 1 with his 43.
Neil Hutchinson (3/18 off 8 overs) and Kev Horner (3/42 off 8 overs) did most of the damage with the ball.
Horner was also the best with the bat for Lithgow Hotel 1 with 26, the only double figure score in the innings.
Shane Green topped off a great all-round effort with 4/14 off 8 overs to lead Portland 1 to a big win.
LIDSDALE V LA SALLE
La Salle batted well to post 194 but Lidsdale chased down the runs in a canter to finish on 2/200.
Richard Sharp was the top scorer for La Salle with 87 at the top of the order.
Nathan Redding was the main destroyer for Lidsdale with his 3/35 off 7 overs.
M Redding deserves a special mention for bowling two balls and taking two wickets to finish off the innings.
In reply Pawan Gajula (95*) and Nick Bender (78*) stiole the show to lead their team to victory.
After the fall of the second wicket Gajula and Bender shared an unbroken 146 run partnership to chase down the total in the 34th over.
HAMPTON V VALLEY
Valley chose to bat after winning the toss and posted 141. Hampton fell short in the chase as they were all out for 121.
Graeme Bell (54) and Lou Kappos (47) did the bulk of the scoring for Valley at the top of the innings.
Hampton shared the wickets around with Jack Bilby, Rob Gracey, Rob Arnott and Shannon Johns taking two each.
Gracey (28*) and Johns (28) also did well with the bat but it wasn't enough to get Hampton over the line.
Matt Williams (3/23 off 8 overs) and Bayden Charlton (3/13 off 8 overs) were Valley's best with the ball.
DOWN IN THE DUCK POND
In first grade Hampton's Sam Miller failed to get off the mark before being bowled by Valley's Nic Kenniff.
The Lithgow Hotel Cougars laid three duck eggs in their match against Lidsdale with Tim Fowler, Mitch Dean and Mitch Blanchard all unable to trouble the scorers.
In second grade Portland 1's Brady McCann opened his side's innings with a duck and this was matched by Sohail Seliya down the order.
Their opponents Lithgow Hotel 1 also served up two ducks with both Neil Hutchinson and P Woolsey scoring zero.
La Salle's Michael Wren fell for a golden duck as he was caught first ball off the bowling of M Redding.
The quacks could also be heard loud and clear from Hampton's innings against Valley.
Ryan Bilby and Greg Kitchen were out for golden ducks and Kim degovric also failed to get off the mark.
The Lidsdale Lions have already locked in their place in the finals of both first and second grade.
It’s now up to this weekend’s preliminary finals to decide who will be their opponents.
Lithgow Hotel v Valley at Conran Oval
La Salle v Portland 1 at Glanmire 2 (Winner to play Lidsdale in final, loser to play winner of minor semi-final)
Lithgow Hotel 1 v Valley at Watsford Oval