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.
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