Tense final overs meant it was anyone’s guess who would take out division two of Melbourne Country Week competition.
Murray Valley held its nerve to hoist the trophy at Williamstown Cricket Ground, bowling Ferntree Gully out just nine runs short of their total yesterday.
Murray Valley won the toss and elected to bat in a decision that opener Adam Wiffen was all too happy to run with.
The Cobram ace set up the grand final win for his side by producing 102 off 113 balls.
It marked two centuries in as many days for Wiffen, who also scored 111 against Shepparton on Thursday.
Nathalia’s Luke Quinn (36) and Barooga’s Riyaad Henry (33) made valuable contributions as the side posted 9-237 after its 50 overs.
Murray Valley put the pressure on Ferntree Gully early, creating a situation that saw its opponents 2-16 with both openers removed.
But Ferntree Gully was able to regain composure with Jackson Taylor integral to the fightback by posting 89.
But Nathalia’s Ash Quinn claimed Taylor’s wicket before he could notch triple figures, with Quinn exceptional as he finished with figures of 4-21.
Ferntree Gully was still in with a chance in the final over, but losing two late wickets ensured the championship would be Murray Valley’s to enjoy.