Top side stays unbeaten, despite shaky start

January 30, 2017

James Turvey was Mooroopna’s best with the ball.

It was a case of deja vu in the C-grade Jim McGregor Shield as five of the top six sides registered wins on Saturday.

Pine Lodge, Murchison, Kyabram and Old Students joined undefeated Mooroopna on the winners list.

Mooroopna (6-307) comfortably disposed of Dookie after chasing down 165 at Pee Wee Young Oval.

The Cats found themselves 2-6, but a ton from Jake Summers and an equally impressive 92 runs from Jai Carn helped the top side take a stranglehold on the match.

James Turvey was Mooroopna’s best with the ball, claiming 5-43 from 22 overs.

Second-placed Pine Lodge ensured it kept the pressure on the Cats after an impressive win against Shepparton United at McGregor Oval.

Steven Van Taarling got Pine Lodge off to the best possible start, as the opening batsman smashed a commanding 114 for the away side, including 13 fours and five sixes.

Van Taarling’s impressive knock helped the visitors set a total of 322 for United to chase and that proved too much.

Contrary to Pine Lodge, the home side could not have started any worse, losing 4-16 on their way to a disappointing 80.

Eight players failed to reach double figures for United.

Murchison was sent in first against Euroa and the home side successfully defended its 9-181.

Chasing a competitive total, Euroa was in trouble at 3-21 and as a result fell 12 runs short at 169.

An inspiring 121 from Nathan Pell helped Kyabram pass Central Park-St Brendans’ 224 for the honours.

It was a one man show for the Redbacks as six players failed to reach 10 or more runs.

Meanwhile, in the other fixture, Old Students’ -377 was just enough in a 36-run success against a gallant Karramomus outfit.

Ashish Chouhan and Jag Singh were the star performers for Old Students, notching 97 and 89 respectively.

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