Wash out hampers country week chances for Cricket Shepparton

By Aydin Payne

A washout yesterday has hampered Cricket Shepparton's chances of reaching the grand final at the Melbourne Country Week carnival.

Following Monday's thrilling four-run loss in the opening round and yesterday's draw against Warrnambool and District Cricket Association, Cricket Shepparton must win today if it is to reach the finals.

However, the threat of rain looms again today as the local contingent takes on fellow winless outfit Warragul at Brighton's Beach Oval.

Sitting fourth on the Division Two ladder with two points, Cricket Shepparton must win its next two to play in the grand final.

Before yesterday's contest was abandoned, the two sides did take to the Camberwell Sports Ground for 45 overs.

Cricket Shepparton won the toss and elected to put the pressure on through runs on the board, but the strong bowling performance from the WDCA quickly halted that idea.

Opening quick Hank Schlaghecke collected 3-24 and took care of Cricket Shepparton's top-order as it reached 5-87.

Numurkah's Will Arnel produced a dazzling unbeaten 62 off 80 deliveries and whacked seven boundaries in a sublime innings.

Central Park-St Brendan's captain Brendan Scott registered a handy cameo at the end and combined with Arnel in an impressive 79-run stand.

Scott tallied 37 runs from 39 deliveries — hitting two boundaries and one maximum — in the rain-affected match.