Goulburn Murray Cricket held the quarter-finals of its Twenty20 competition on Thursday.By Zach Hubber
Thursday evening’s Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 quarter-finals delivered pulsating results and the odd upset before Saturday’s semi-finals and grand final at Rochester.
The match of the day belonged to Moama and Stanhope at Moama, with the visitors chasing down the home side’s total of 167 to win by three wickets with three balls to spare.
Moama captain Cam Parker opened the innings and smashed his way to 62, including three sixes, while James Scambler hit four sixes on his way to 37 off 17 balls.
Zac Dearing (3/28) was the pick of the bowlers, while Alec Young took two wickets.
Young then opened the batting to hit 20 off 22 balls, but his dismissal brought on Tyler Larkin, who carted his way to 85 off 60 balls, including four fours and four sixes.
Rohan Larkin (33) joined Tyler for a 75-run partnership before Kirk Teasdale (3/35) broke the deadlock.
The visitors stumbled to 7/157 but cool heads prevailed and Stanhope recorded an upset to advance to the semi-finals.
■ Three wickets each to Tongala captain Adam Nunn and Jordan Souter helped the Blues to their second win at Victoria Park this season, defeating Echuca by six wickets with three balls to spare.
Echuca won the toss and elected to bat, with James McQuillan (31) and Brendan Prendergast (20) proving the most defiant of the batsmen.
After losing Chris Hamilton (1) early, Tongala went about chasing Echuca’s total of 109, with Darin Ohlsen (37 not out) and Ben Scowen (28 not out) digging in to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Rob Hogan was the best of the Echuca bowlers with 2/15.
■ Three wickets and 34 runs for Bamawm-Lockington United captain Ben Docking was not enough to haul his team over the line against Fire Brigade on the road, losing by 12 runs.
The Flames batted first and finished 7/104, with Shannon Bish (3/8) also proving destructive with the ball for BLU.
In reply, the visitors could not get its run rate where it needed to be as they steadied after losing their openers early.
Ben McPhee chipped in with 18 and Tom Paganoni 18 not out, but time escaped BLU as it finished 5/92.
■ An opening 48-run partnership from Rochester United pair Tim Bubb (33) and Jake Perry (27) helped their side to 9/133 and an eventual 16-run win against Cooma at Cooma.
The home side battled with the run rate to finish at 9/117 after Colin Griggs (2/24) and two Liam Ringin run outs wore the side down.
■ Saturday’s semi-finals will start at noon at Windridge Oval and Rochester Recreation Reserve, before the grand final at 3.30pm.
Shepparton Lawn player Olivia Quigley will represent Country Victoria in the Foundation Cup Interstate Challenge.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Alistair Davey will return to his roots to teach Cobram Primary children the joy of music.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
State Member for Benalla Bill Sykes has thrown his support behind the government’s proposed new domestic animal ownership laws.
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