Former Queensland batsman Nick Stevens produced an innings to savour for Valley as they clinched the Kookaburra One Day competition Final at Allan Border Field yesterday with a thrilling win over defending champions Sandgate-Redcliffe.
Stevens, who joined Valley from the Gold Coast during the winter, top-scored with 95 as Valley doggedly chased down the Gators' total of 276.
Valley claimed the title in exciting circumstances as number 10 batsman Chris Knight hit a six to seal the win with two balls left in the innings.
Earlier, Sandgate-Redcliffe batsman Zac Keune (67) led their fightback after Valley had taken an early ascendancy with the ball. His effort was followed by a fierce knock from Lloyd Aspin who pounded 93 from just 67 balls, with five sixes and six fours.
Stevens, who has a first class hundred to his name, was equal to the task, with a well made 55 from Owen Lynch keeping their team in the hunt.
Valley's win meant they received the John McKnoulty Cup for their first one-day title since 2000-01.
Sandgate-Redcliffe 276 (L Aspin 93, Z Keune 67; L Corlis 3/55, A Gode 2/39) def by Valley 9/277 (N Stevens 95, O Lynch 55; L Thompson 3/38, C Kaluthanthri 2/41)