A winning week MVCA takes Country Week title

February 10, 2017

The Murray Valley Cricket Association has returned to familiar territory after winning its way back into the provincial grade of Melbourne Country Week.

Having been relegated after a disappointing campaign last year, the MVCA side went through the week undefeated to take out the division two title.

Starting the week on a high note with a convincing win against Yarra Valley, the team then came up against Hamilton Cricket Association on Tuesday.

Murray Valley batted first and posted 9/162 from its 50 overs thanks in large part to openers Michael Mitchell (65) and Adam Wiffen (38).

The bowlers then did the job, knocking over Hamilton for 137.

Nathalia’s Liam Evans grabbed three wickets while Taylor Pugh, Jordan Cleeland and Ash Quinn all picked up two.

Day three saw the team come up against the South West Cricket Association

MVCA batted first and posted a good score of 5/233 with Luke Carter top scoring with 61 not out, along with openers Adam Wiffen and Michael Mitchell each scoring 52.

The Murray Valley bowlers did their part too, restricting the South West batsmen to 182 before bowling them out.

Nathalia pair Luke Quinn and Liam Evans each grabbed three wickets while fellow Nathalia player Ash Quinn snared two.

Day four saw the match all local cricket fans had been waiting for, when MVCA came up against Cricket Shepparton.

Batting first, Murray Valley posted an impressive 7/264 with Cobram’s Wiffen making 117.

Carter also made 50 for the team and Luke Quinn added 45.

In reply, Shepparton never really got going before ending its 50 overs on 7/193.

Pugh was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets.

That win secured Murray Valley’s spot in the grand final, where the side came up against Ferntree Gully.

Again, Murray Valley batted first and posted 9/237 thanks to another century to Wiffen (102).

While the match came down the the wire, the MVCA players held their nerve and secured a nine-run win.

Ash Quinn picked up a couple of crucial late wickets to finish with four for the match.

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