GMC Women’s | Round five results

By Aydin Payne

For the second time in the Goulburn Murray Cricket season a thrilling tie has been played out, with the most recent rare cricket result coming between Echuca's and Leitchville-Gunbower's women's A-grade match.

Onlookers at Victoria Park were left wanting more as the round five encounter went down to the wire, with Leitchville-Gunbower finishing the match tied on Echuca's score of 131 runs after 20 overs.

The ladder leaders were cruising at 3-100, but lost their next five wickets in the space of 30 runs, as Echuca's Shaylee Anderson (3-20) and Gillian Noelker (1-6) sent down gems for the home side.

Ellah Gelletly and Grace Jones were the two batters at the crease for the combination squad during the pulsating final balls of the match and, unfortunately, missed out on sealing victory for their side.

Echuca's Sharon Henson scored an unbeaten 46 to be the top-scorer for the match.

Sunday's result maintains Leitchville-Gunbower's unbeaten start to the season.

● Meanwhile, Kyabram Fire Brigade ended its four-game losing streak with a stirring four-wicket win against Shepparton United.

The Flames were able to chase down United's score of 4-85, with Millie Hill (26 not out) and Amy Fitzgerald (23 not out) the two stars with the bat.

Fitzgerald added 2-12 with the ball which capped a great day on the field for the Flames all-rounder.

The pair's exploits with the bat helped the Fireys finish the match 6-91 off 20 overs.

Despite the disappointing result, United still had plenty of firepower with the ball, with Stacey Lothian (2-9) and Ash Murdoch (2-11) finishing with handy figures.

And teammate Raechel Gardiner led the way with an important 29-run knock off 21 deliveries.

Gardiner's innings consisted of six stunning boundaries.

● At B-grade level, West Bendigo remains undefeated this season after its clinical performance against Kyabram at the weekend.

Batting first, Kyabram made 14-43 with Holly Butler's 19 not out the standout effort for the home side.

West Bendigo managed 1-75 off 20 overs in reply, with Kyabram's Kylie Parsons picking up 1-14.

Nathalia was too good for Maiden Gully, clinching a 10-run win at Nathalia Recreation Reserve.

Charli Dorrity's 18-run knock was the highlight effort, with the Nathalia opener whacking three boundaries in her innings, while Dianne Wenzke chipped in with a valuable 13.

Nathalia's Belinda Argus walked away with impressive figures of 2-17 off her three overs.

Echuca suffered a narrow four-run loss to California Gully after ending its innings 8-79 in reply to Gully's total of 83.