A second-straight century from opening batsman Jason Morrison has put Swan Hill in the box seat to qualify for tomorrow’s division two grand final.
After smashing 178 against Grampians on Tuesday, Morrison made 102 in yesterday’s 76-run win over the previously unbeaten Deniliquin at Canterbury Park.
Four teams – Swan Hill, Deniliquin, Northern District and Portland – are still in the hunt for a grand final berth with only 77 runs between first and fourth on bonus points.
Swan Hill and Deniliquin play lowly Emu Valley and Grampians respectively today, while Northern District and Portland clash at Huntly.
Northern District kept its hopes alive by defeating Grampians by 84 runs.
Jason Keath (94), Isaac Saunders (78) and Sam Davis (73) all batted well to help Northern District post a big score of 8-271.
Northern District then restricted Grampians to 7-187. Todd Gelletly took 3-25, while Michael Harricks made 41.
Emu Valley looks destined for relegation after it lost by 109 runs to Portland.
After winning the toss and batting, Portland made 6-278 at Weeroona Oval.
Luke Evans (78 not out) batted through the innings, while Alister Stannard (61) and Paul Young (57) both made half-centuries.
Rodney Smith was the pick of the Emu Valley bowlers, claiming 3-84.
Emu Valley’s batsmen never looked like challenging Portland’s total.
Mick Webb (49) was the only batsman to pass 30 as Emu Valley was dismissed for 169.
Portland spinner Troy Warburton continued his superb form, taking 5-32.
Goulburn Murray Colts has qualified for the division three grand final.
The young side retained its unbeaten record with a 53-run win over Northern United yesterday.
A half-century from Quade Albert (52) led Goulburn Murray Colts to 8-223.
Dan Whitfield took three wickets for Northern United.
Gouburn Murray Colts then bowled Northern United out for 170 to clinch a grand final berth.
Grassmere is well-placed to join Goulburn Murray Colts in the grand final.
A brilliant 95 from opener Aaron Peterson lifted Grassmere to 8-234 against Northern District Colts.
The young Colts side was gallant in its run chase, but fell 36 runs short.
Warren Lolicato (49) top scored, while Rory Towler took 3-47 for Grassmere.
In second place going into today’s final round, Grassmere needs to defeat Northern United to make the grand final.
Maryborough slipped to third on the ladder after it suffered a shock loss to Red Cliffs.
20 wickets fell for just 182 runs in the game at Huntly.
Maryborough looked well-placed when it dismissed Red Cliffs for 108.
Sam McDowell (4-21) did the bulk of the damage with the ball.
Maryborough’s batsmen couldn’t back up their bowlers and they crashed to be all out for 74.
Red Cliffs’ bowlers Alexander Morrish (4-20) and Ben Mole (3-27) tore through the Maryborough line-up.
Maryborough must defeat Goulburn Murray Colts today to have any chance of making the grand final.