Goulburn Murray Cricket's Bendigo Country Week campaign has started on a high with it winning the first two games.OLIVER CAFFREY January 22, 2014 4:15am
Goulburn Murray Cricket has made a perfect start to its Bendigo Country Week campaign, downing Castlemaine by 87 runs yesterday to open the tournament with consecutive wins.
Goulburn Murray batted first at Strathdale’s Bell Oval, finishing with 262 from its 50 overs during the division one contest.
In reply, Castlemaine never looked like getting close to the total — losing early wickets before being bowled out for 175.
The Goulburn Murray Colts also backed up their win on Monday by scoring a thrilling five-run victory over Emu Valley.
The Colts batted first, hitting their way to 8-245 after their 50 overs with even contributions across the board getting them to that total.
Emu Valley was bowled out for 240 in the final over of the day.
Murray Valley Cricket Association was not as lucky in division one, losing a heartbreaking contest against Ferntree Gully by one run at Weeroona Oval.
Ferntree Gully batted first and made 9-183, with Tom Glover, Ashley Quinn and Luke Patel picking up two wickets each.
Murray Valley lost on the second last ball of the day, getting bowled out for 182.
Meanwhile, Benalla District Cricket Association scored its first win of the carnival in division two, defeating Wimmera Mallee by 75 runs at North Bendigo Oval.
Warrenbayne batsman Travis King (52) continued his great start to the tournament by bringing up a consecutive half-century, while Sam Gladstone (60) also helped Benalla reach 196 batting first.
Nathan Purcell ripped through the Wimmera line-up, taking 6-18.
Elsewhere, the Northern Rivers under-16 team avenged a first day Victorian Bushranger Dowling Shield loss by thumping Mallee Murray Bulls in Melbourne yesterday.
Bendigo association player Beauden Rinaldi (71) top-scored, while Cricket Shepparton’s Anthony Andronaco opened the batting to help Northern Rivers reach 7-222 batting first.
The Bulls were bowled out for 139 in the 45th over, with Shepparton players Joel Brett and Jesse Petherick picking up a wicket each.
The under-14 Northern Rivers team kept the early form going by also scoring a comfortable victory against the Bulls.
Northern Rivers tore through the Bulls’ line-up, bowling them out for 100.
The local side then romped to a nine-wicket win before batting out 40 overs to finish on 3-175.
Karramomus player Andrew Poppa led the charge smacking 79 opening the batting.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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