Shepparton United was expected to win against Murchison and it did exactly that after a brilliant first innings in Saturday’s SJ Perry Shield D-grade action.
After winning the toss and batting, United’s top order shone against Murchison’s attack.
None stood out more than Tom Ashdown, who produced a stellar knock on his way to an unbeaten 95.
Time was the enemy of Ashdown in his bid to notch a century, but he found the boundary 13 times during his glorious innings.
Will Adams showed flair for his 58 and captain Steve Nash (42) had no trouble reaching the rope.
Michael Coonerty was the only Murchison bowler to snare more than one scalp.
Ryan Dean (72 not out) and Greg James (64 not out) did their utmost to try and reach United’s target of 240.
But Murchison could post just 153 at the end of its 40 overs.
In remaining matches, Invergordon remains undefeated after cruising to victory against Undera.
Invergordon needed just 27 overs to surpass Undera’s 142, with Lachlan Sidebottom top-scoring as the competition leaders posted 6-162.
In a confidence-boosting result for Toolamba, it defeated second-placed Euroa in a nail-biting finish.
Taking the match by just one wicket, tailenders Justin Dimond and Mitchell Turner were crucial in bringing home the victory as teammate Chris O’Keeffe earlier posted bowling figures of 4-28.
Numurkah had no troubles against Dhurringile as four-wicket hauls to Dustan Ebborn and Stephen Danaher gave the Blues a promising start.
David Roberts and Jordy Powles finished off the job after opener Wayde Petersen remained a steady influence.
Mooroopna was successful against Karramomus, as James Downs made his mark on Vibert Reserve with 68.
Kyabram rounded out the D-grade winners, with the side too strong for Tatura at Howley Oval.
With the home side posting 66, Kyabram opener Wayne O’Neill had his side heading in the right direction from the beginning of the chase.
●In the E-grade Whitelock Shield, Central Park-St Brendan’s asserted its dominance against Pine Lodge, surpassing the 161 target in 30 overs.
Ashley Hooper produced a superb bowling effort for the Tigers, finishing with 2-14 as his eight overs included two maidens.
Batting honours went to Tony Andronaco, with the Central Park-St Brendan’s opener top-scoring with 42.
Mooroopna had no trouble toppling Northerners after the Cats kept their opposition to just 100.
Jason Keller was an important contributor with three wickets as Peter Schnorrenberg and Gary Hallum combined for four further wickets.
Following an outstanding performance with the ball, Schnorrenberg backed up with the bat as he made his way to a half-century.
Katandra gained the points against Toolamba thanks to a half-century from Sioeli Makalio, while Kyabram won via forfeit from Stanhope.