Playing a merry tune at home

December 18, 2017

X-man: Xavier Hutchinson shows off his skills with the bat during Tatura's loss against Mooroopna.

Over the Moon: Mooroopna youngster Riley Moon was bowling some heat on Saturday.

Sting like a Beecroft: Troy Beecroft was as elusive as ever in front of the stumps, putting in a fine performance for Tatura.

It payed to play at home this weekend in the SJ Perry Shield with all six hosts claiming the spoils.

League leaders Toolamba proved too strong for Murchison in a battle between the competition’s two bookend sides.

Murchison won the toss and elected to bat first on day one before Toolamba surpassed their total of 110 by 31 runs.

Murchison then went in to bat again before they were dismissed for just 32 as Gregg Watts ran riot with the ball, finishing with 6-16.

Toolamba only needed eight runs in the second innings to claim victory and they did so with a aplomb.

Invergordon needed 168 runs to defeat Karramomus on Saturday and the hosts rose to the challenge, declaring at 8-202.

Liam Thompson was the Bloods best with the bat, finishing on 38 runs, while Travis Murdoch (5-58) brilliant effort with the ball helped restrict the visitors.

Dhurringile travelled to Kyabram and put up a reasonable fight, but it was not enough at the third-placed Red Backs proved too strong to secure their fifth win of the season.

Local rivals Mooroopna and Tatura exchanged blows this weekend with the Cats posting a score too high for Tatura to chase.

The hosts were bowled out for 156 on day one before Tatura was dismissed for 92 off less than 50 overs.

The visitors had eight batsmen finish with single figures, while Jordan Bereton (53) and James Woods (47) stood tall for the Cats.

Undera was in sensational form over both days against Euroa, winning outright and on first innings, while Numurkah defeated Shepparton United.

Meanwhile in the Whitelock Shield, league leaders Central Park-St. Brendan’s set a massive total of 6-243 for Katandra to chase and the visitors fell short by 18 runs.

In a high scoring affair, Graham Sylvester (129) and Glenn Smith (81) led the way for their respective sides.

Mooroopna’s batting prowess was on display after they needed to chase down Pine Lodge’s 7-203.

An even contribution from the Cats saw three batsmen make over 35 runs as they finished at 6-209 off 36 overs.

In a battle between fifth and sixth, Kyabram defeated Old Students on the road.

The visitors opened the batting first to finish at 8-172 before Old Students fell 21 runs short.

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