Cricket Shepparton | C-grade round five results

By Aydin Payne

An emphatic 60-run victory against Tatura on Saturday has enabled Murchison to hold on to top spot in the Cricket Shepparton Jim McGregor Shield after five rounds of action.

The Grasshoppers share equal first position with Shepparton United and Numurkah in the C-grade competition.

Played under overcast skies at Murchison, Tatura was able to contain the ladder-leader to a first-innings score of 9-169 off 40 overs.

Murchison's opening batsman Luke Twynstra belted 61 runs in a knock that involved six boundaries and one maximum, while Michael Coonerty was the other leading run-scorer with 40.

Tatura's leg-spinning wizard Liam Nash (3-25) was able to work his magic alongside Wayne Giblin (3-20), with the duo the pick of the bowlers for the away side.

However, Tatura was left stranded in the run chase, with Dylan Burls (37 runs) the only hope with the bat as Murchison and Twynstra (2-30) strolled past the visitors.

● Around the grounds, Shepparton United was able to pull off a 34-run victory against Toolamba, despite a dazzling five-wicket haul and half-century from Toolamba's Aidan Callegeri.

The Taipans bowler picked up 5-14 in his damaging spell to help roll through United's batting order, but United's Harrison Walsh (37) and Steven Tate (31) did enough to post a defendable total of 161.

And again, it was Callegeri who starred with the bat, blasting 58 runs at the top of the order, however, he ran out of batting partners.

Walsh (4-25) and Steve Tate (3-34) were United's danger pair with the ball, as the away side dismissed Toolamba for 127 off 30 overs.

Numurkah pulled off a four-wicket victory against Euroa on its home deck, chasing down the Magpies’ total with plenty in the tank.

Tyson Woods (41) performed well with the bat for the Blues in the run chase, with Numurkah reaching 6-113 with four overs remaining.

Woods’ teammates Hamish Lambert (2-12) and Riley Dawson (2-15) were the standouts with the ball.

Nagambie proved too strong for Pine Lodge in a match dominated by bowlers, with 18 wickets recorded at Lemnos Recreation Reserve.

The Lodgers’ Sunny Uppal claimed impressive figures of 4-13 — after Nagambie elected to bat first — and lead his side to restricting the Lakers to 8-129 off 40 overs.

However, James Brook (4-4) and Tyler Ritchie (1-6) ripped through Pine Lodge's tail-order, as the home side lost 6-7 after cruising at 4-64.