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Bowlers do job for Murray Valley

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February 01, 2017

Murray Valley continued its unbeaten division two run at Melbourne Country Week yesterday, accounting for Hamilton by 36 runs.

Murray Valley continued its unbeaten division two run at Melbourne Country Week yesterday, accounting for Hamilton by 36 runs.

Openers Michael Mitchell (Waaia) and Adam Wiffen (Cobram) stonewalled the bowling attack after Murray won the toss and chose to bat.

Wiffen’s stay ended on 38, bringing Andrew Reynoldson, fresh off a man-of-the-match performance on Monday with an unbeaten 127, to the wicket.

The Barooga product quickly discovered a day is a long time in cricket, lasting only three balls for his duck.

Mitchell’s two-hour stint at the crease produced a top score of 65 from 117 deliveries, but his departure with the score at 129 triggered a massive batting collapse.

Nathalia’s Luke Quinn (20) was the only other batsman to reach double figures as Murray lost 7-26 and slumped to 9-162 from 50 overs.

Hamilton never looked like troubling the potent Murray Valley bowling attack though, posting just 137 before being routed.

Liam Evans (Nathalia) led the charge with 3-17 from 10 overs, while Taylor Pugh (Cobram), Jordan Cleeland (Waaia) and Ash Quinn (Nathalia) all took two scalps.

Murray Valley then took the opportunity to bat again for two overs, posting 1-11.

Murray Valley remains unbeaten after also dominating Yarra Valley on Monday.

That victory was almost single-handedly set up by Reynoldson’s century, as remarkably extras were the second highest contributor to the total of 7-220 with 20.

The Barooga star powered Murray Valley past the Yarra Valley’s total of 90 with ease after Cobram-Yarroweyah United’s Kane Goldsworthy took 5-14 to set up the comfortable victory.

Murray Valley faces South West today, while Goulburn Murray clashes with Wangaratta after having the bye yesterday.

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