AN outstanding 179 from opener Jason Morrison has kept Swan Hill’s title hopes alive in division two.
Morrison made the Grampians side pay full price for dropping him early on as he smashed 179 of his team’s big total of 5-354 at White Hills.
The aggressive right-hander hit boundaries to all parts of the ground as he took his total runs for the week to 222.
Corey Daniels (51) and Jamie Crabbe (43 not out) added quick runs at the end of the innings for Swan Hill.
Grampians never looked like mounting a serious challenge and was eventually dismissed for 153.
Swan Hill bowler Leigh Kentish has the extraordinary figures of seven overs, seven maidens 2-0.
Deniliquin is the team to beat in division two after it scored its second-straight convincing win.
Fresh from a century on day one, opening batsman Tim Hillier made 79 yesterday to guide his side to 9-228 against Portland.
Spinner Troy Warburton returned the brilliant figures of 6-48 for Portland.
In reply, Portland struggled to put together a big partnership and was dismissed for 164.
Glenn Hollis top scored with 69 for Portland, while opening bowler Brodie Unwin took 4-49 for Deniliquin.
Emu Valley opened its account with a 38 run win over Northern District at Bell Oval.
Bowlers Simon Marwood (4-38) and Brett Haw (3-27) reeled in Northern District after it looked like it would post a score of 200-plus.
Northern District lost its final seven wickets for just 37 runs to be bowled out for 134. Jason Keath (50) was the best with the bat.
Alex Collins (43) and veteran Scott Ross (38) laid the foundation for Emu Valley’s successful run chase.
In division three, an unbeaten century from Scott Lawry was the catalyst for Northern United’s big win over Northern District Colts.
Lawry, who made an unbeaten 61 on day one, belted 104 not out as Northern United posted 5-280 at Weeroona Oval.
He received valuable support from Marc Sherwell (66).
All of Northern District Colts’ batsman made starts, but none could go on and emulate Lawry’s achievement.
Ned Slater top-scored with 46 in a total of 9-195.
Dylan McNamara and Sherwell took three wickets each for Northern United.
Maryborough remains unbeaten after two rounds after it held off Grassmere by 18 runs at Golden Square.
Sam Bartlett (49) once again led Maryborough’s batting line-up to a competitive total of 216. Brian Wilson took 4-29 for Grassmere.
In reply, Grassmere looked on track for victory when Aaron Peterson (44), Murray Habel (46) and Tim Bryce (60) all batted well.
But from 2-132 Grassmere’s middle-order struggled and it fell 18 runs short at 8-198.
Goulburn Murray Colts retained top spot on the ladder with a 105-run thumping of Red Cliffs.
Daniel Major (78) and Brayden Stone (46) led the way with the bat in GM Colts’ total of 8-257.
Red Cliffs lost both opening batsmen cheaply and struggled from then on. Ben Mole (50) was the only shining light with the bat.
Kirk Teasdale (4-12 off eight overs) bowled superbly for GM Colts.