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Bloods set Hawks a difficult little chase after being sent in

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December 11, 2017

SJ Perry Shield league leader Invergordon has a battle on its hands after sending Karramomus in to bat first.

SJ Perry Shield league leader Invergordon has a battle on its hands after sending Karramomus in to bat first.

The host won the toss and elected to bowl first, allowing the Bloods to finish on 168 off 64.4 overs, meaning the Hawks need 128 more runs to win.

Hawks spearhead Travis Murdoch finished with figures of 5-58 after tirelessly working his way through 23.4 overs, while Liam Thompson (38) went on to top score for the Bloods.

The Hawks finished day one at 2-40 with Patrick Riordan and Mark Mills sent back to the stands, while Brayden Moor and Billy Bagley are left to lead the chase.

Local rivals Toolamba and Murchison went head-to-head on Saturday and it was the former who won the toss and elected to bat first, but it could be a decision they live to regret.

Murchison was bowled out for 108 off 66.5 overs, with four batsmen failing to make more than six runs.

Second-placed Toolamba padded up to bat for eight overs and at the end of day one it finds itsself in a commanding position at 0-37.

David Clarke and Ben Grayham will be hoping to steer the ship home for the host as they sit at 19 and nine respectively.

Kyabram has made light work of Dhurringile so far, bowling out the visitor for 46 before surpassing its first innings total.

At the beginning of day two, Dhurringile finds itself eight runs ahead at 3-58 and will need to produce a matching-winning score if it is any chance of notching its first victory of the season.

In a battle between third and 10th Euroa travelled to Undera and after day one the host will need to chase down a total of 76.

Glen Coridas led the way with willow in hand for Euroa notching a tidy 23 runs, while he had no help around him with four batters bowled for a duck, while three other failed to make more than five.

Even without Tyler Maher steaming in for Tatura the visitors were still able to restrict Moroopna to 156 runs.

The Cats found themselves at 7-48, but they bounced back to heap scoreboard pressure onto the visitors.

Tatura ended the first innings at 2-1 after James Gerrish and Chris Barclay were dismissed for a duck and one respectively.

Meanwhile in the Whitelock Shield, Pine Lodge had pulled off a stunning coup to defeat league-leader Katandra.

The Lodgers elected to bat first and unfortunately for prolific batsman Brayden Kearns, it was the start the visitors were not after.

Kearns was sent packing for just 17 runs, but it was Cobey Aynsley who saved the day, smashing 69 at number six.

Corey Jenkinson, James Woods, Paul Harry and Bill Harry all finished with two wickets for the Eagles, while Aynsley again ran riot with the ball.

The bearded warrior snagged figures of 4-10 to lead his side to a 113-run victory, ensuring the Eagles would have all bar two batsmen failing to make about 10 runs.

Central Park-St Brendan’s have proven too strong against Toolamba, providing a total too difficult for the visitors to chase.

Toolamba won the toss and sent the Tigers into bat first and at the end of 40 overs they finished at 5-234.

In the end it was a decision that backfired as Toolamba failed miserably in its chase, scoring just 114 runs.

Old Students fell 34 runs short of Moroopna’s total of 5-20, while the Northerners failed to hold off Kyabram as it won by three runs, finishing at 4-122.

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