Murray Valley’s Liam Evans almost single-handedly handed his side the all-important top spot in division one going into today’s final.
The two dominant teams of this year’s Bendigo Country Week, Murray Valley and Goulburn Murray, will face off today after also playing each other in the last pool game yesterday.
Nathalia’s Evans routed Goulburn Murray with amazing figures of 7-51 from 17.3 overs to make sure his team’s 9-176 was never troubled.
Murray Valley won the toss and looked in trouble after deciding to bat, stuttering to 5-43 before Nathalia gun Ash Quinn led a revival.
Quinn provided a stable backbone of 49 from 88 deliveries to see his side out of trouble and to a defendable total. Luke Carter was next best for Murray Valley with 40 not out.
Goulburn Murray’s Luke Deeprose was the pick of the bowlers with 4-39.
Quinn then made sure his batting efforts were not in vain, taking 2-29 to provide stable support for Evans’ brilliance.
Josh Waughington provided resistance at the top of the order with 40 runs, but it was not enough as his side collapsed to be all out for 131.
Murray Valley has the advantage in the final if rain interrupts, having finished on top of division one.
At Deakin Reserve 1pm
B. McGregor, L. McCann, B. Scott, T. Bradley, R. Yze, J. Larkin. T. Chalkley, E. Baxter, A. McCann, C. Hayes, R. Lau, N. Berry. Afternoon tea. On ground by 12.30 pm for warm-ups.
At Katandra 1pm
C. Linehan, A. McMillan, R. Sheriff, C. Holland, A. Pye, J. Boyer, C. Boyer, X. Chalkley, B. Kenna, J. McCarten, P. Holland. On ground by 12.30 pm for warm-ups.
At Kyabram High School 1pm
B. McCarroll, K. Edwards, Y. Mehmet, J. Cooper, J. Fraser, T. Ryan, K. Miller, J. Wright, A. Butcher, M. Pottenger, D. Keenan, A. Lloyd. On ground by 12.30 pm for warm-ups.
At Howley Oval 4.30pm (tonight)
D. Baker, H. Baker, H. Bennett, R. Duffy, S. Holland, Y. Malhi, R. Schwarz, L. Prior, L. Prior, E. Beck.