Goulburn Murray and Murray Valley have set-up a tantalising last round match today after dominating their respective round three fixtures at Bendigo Country Week yesterday.
Murray Valley remains undefeated and on top of the ladder after yet again demoralising its opposition.
Yesterday’s victim was Emu Valley, who won the toss and elected to bat, but was torn apart against the potent Murray Valley attack.
Emu Valley lost 6-10 at one stage in another poor batting display from the side that lost 5-0 in its first match this week.
Liam Evans (Nathalia) and Taylor Pugh (Cobram) led the charge for Murray Valley, routing the tail with figures of 3-5 from seven overs and 2-7 from four, respectively, after good early work from Nathalia pair Eddie Watson (2-23) and Ash Quinn (2-34).
The strong Murray Valley batting top order once more had no troubles reaching the target, doing so for only the loss of Waaia’s Michael Mitchell for 19.
Cobram’s Adam Wiffen continued his fine form to lift his tournament average to 88 after another well-compiled knock of 85 from 104 balls.
Waaia batsman Jordan Cleeland then ensured that it was bonus points aplenty once more for Murray Valley, contributing 45 from 68 balls to help his team to 6-198 and move it further ahead on top of the division one ladder.
Goulburn Murray also remained undefeated and virtually booked itself a spot in tomorrow’s final with a strong win against Northern Districts.
Goulburn Murray turned it on with bat and ball in the 67-run victory, continuing the great form that has followed it all week.
Told to bowl first after losing the toss, Goulburn Murray restricted Districts’ to 129 from 48 overs.
Josh Waughington (Moama) then did all the damage with the bat, grafting 76 from 128 deliveries in a patient innings while Rochester’s Dylan Cuttriss let loose at the other end.
Cuttriss hit 43 from just 48 balls to help his side past Districts’ total with ease.
The tail failed to fire, but the main event was already over by the time Goulburn Murray was bowled out for 196 in the 48th over.
Murray Valley and Goulburn Murray play each other today in a blockbuster to decide who goes straight into tomorrow’s final and who has the nervous wait for other results to come through.