Bendigo Country Week update

By Alex Mitchell

Murray Valley Cricket Association is closing in on a position in the Bendigo Country Week final after a super start to the tournament.

Sitting on top of the six-team ladder with a 3-0 record, Murray would need plenty of things to go against it regardless of its result today against Emu Valley to miss tomorrow's final.

But it is an opposite state of affairs for Goulburn Murray Cricket, sitting 1-2 and almost assured to miss a finish in the top-two.

Murray Valley won the meeting of the sides on day one, taking a comfortable six-wicket victory after a strong bowling display.

After sending GMC in, Murray Valley went about tearing its opposition apart and dismissing it for 106.

Matt Jaensch took 4-21 in a destructive spell, but he was not the only bowler to impress, with Adam De Cicco (3-10) and James Tierney (2-18) also finding some scalps.

Daniel Coombs had top-scored for GMC with 22.

Batting, Murray Valley lost Wian Van Zyl and Kieran Andrew for ducks, but cruised past that, with Sam Dorsey (50 not out) and Brad Todd (28) getting the job done.

MVCA went 2-0 on Tuesday, chasing down a big total against Wangaratta District.

Batting first, WDCA made 7-201 from its 50 overs, despite the best efforts of an in-form Jaensch who picked up another 3-20.

MVCA got 37 at the top of the order from Van Zyl, but it was Jonty Tubb (59 not out) and De Cicco (29 not out) that got the side across the line with four wickets and four overs to spare.

GMC also had a good win second-up, smacking 6-286 off its 50 overs against Grassmere with Angus Martin leading the way.

Martin pounded an unbeaten 77 runs from 61 balls including four sixes, with Matt Hinks (64) and Jesse Barker (47) also scoring freely.

Grassmere was skittled for 145 in response, with Luke Du Plooy's 3-28 the pick of the bowling figures.

MVCA made it three wins on the trot yesterday by helping itself to an 87-run win against Grassmere.

Batting first, it posted 242 via another balanced batting display; Andrew made 58 not out, Dorsey made 55 and De Cicco made 31 as it took control of the game.

Grassmere put up somewhat of a fight, but was eventually taken apart, bowled out for 155 with Jaensch again the pick of the bowlers taking 3-19.

But it was another tough day for the GMC, coughing up 6-281 against Gisborne District.

GMC battled with the bat with Barker's 65 and Dylan Cuttriss’ 56 standing out, but it was eventually dismissed for 237.