Will Hale’s form knows no boundaries, but his bat can certainly find them with ease.
Having smashed 671 A-grade runs for Mooroopna so far this season, Hale has taken his Midas touch with him down the Hume Hwy for Melbourne Country Week to put Cricket Shepparton in a commanding position.
The English import helped secure a bonus point victory for Shepparton against Yarra Valley yesterday with 116 from 112 deliveries.
The destructive knock included 11 boundaries and six sixes as Hale and Michael Eckard (54) once again dominated.
Shepparton chased down the required total of 207 with 16 overs and six wickets remaining after Hale (4-38) had also dominated with the ball.
Michael Archer (2-25 from 10 overs) also pitched in to help restrict Yarra Valley to 8-206 from its 50 overs before Hale and Eckard put on a 124-run stand for the third wicket to kill the game as a contest.
Shepparton finished on top of its division two pool and faces West Gippsland in today’s semi-final.
Murray Valley remains winless during its Provincial division campaign, and will fight for survival today against Warrnambool District.
It was another poor batting performance yesterday that put Murray in trouble, bowled out for 138 in the final over against Geelong.
Brayden Carey (25), Liam Evans (23) and Adam Decicco (20) passed 20, but none could break the shackles and get a big score.
Once again Evans (1-22) and Decicco (3-22) bowled their allotted overs from the start of the side’s attempt to defend the small total, but Geelong never panicked to claim a four-wicket win.
Goulburn Murray remains undefeated after its division three qualifying rounds, handing Seymour District a four-wicket defeat yesterday.
GMC proved it could secure victory without Paul Newman, restricting Seymour to 7-165 before reeling in the required total in 42.3 overs.
Layton McCann’s 59, Sam Kershaw’s 43 and Henry Charlton’s 38 were the highlights of the batting display.
The squad faces Central Gippsland Cricket Association today in the semi-final.