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GALLERY: Bendigo Country Week, day two

GOULBURN Murray will be chasing a hat-trick of victories in Wednesday's play for division one at Bendigo Bank Country Cricket Week.

After two days, Goulburn Murray is the only unbeaten team in the battle for the Neil Pollock Memorial Shield.

The Goulburn line-up scored an 84-run victory in Tuesday's clash with Castlemaine at Bell Oval in Strathdale.

Batting first, Goulburn Murray reached 8-262 as Adam Ward from Rochester Tigers struck 92 runs.

Cooma team-mates Michael Hill, 47, and Liam Barrett, who passed 30, also batted well.

A century-maker on Monday, Liam Gwynne was dismissed on 29 but later struck back to take three wickets in Castlemaine's innings.

Castlemaine's chase did not start well as Dylan Cuttriss captured the first two wickets.

From 2-19, the Magpies fought back through Ian Garsed, 49, and Matt Kile, 35.

The experienced Jamie Allan batted brilliantly to score 54 runs, but the target proved too great.

Goulburn Murray takes on the second-placed Northern Districts in Wednesday's third round at Harry Trott Oval in Kennington.

Ferntree Gully clinched victory on the final delivery of its clash with Murray Valley at J.L. King Weeroona Oval.

The Gully scored 9-183  as opening batsman Steven Moore led the way on 78.

After a thrilling victory one day one, Murray Valley fought back from 6-61 to be in the contest.

Russell Stockdale, 56, and Marc Baker, 26, teamed for a 77-run stand.

Ferntree Gully captured two wickets in the space of one run to again be in control.

James Larter batted superbly to reach 22, but was caught with his team a run short of a tied contest.

Best of the Ferntree Gully attack was Cameron Wheeler on 4-56.

Northern Districts beat Gisborne by 55 runs at MyJet Oval in Golden Square.

Batting first, Gisborne reached 199.

The Northern Districts chase started well as opening batsmen Clayton Holmes and Tyler Jones combined for a 96-run stand.

They were dismissed in the space of two runs.

Jones achieved a team-high 58 and Jones scored 37.

A half-century by Josh Novoselek was a highlight as Northern Districts went on to reach 9-254.

Goulburn Murray Colts leads the division two ladder.

The GM's young guns scored a five-run victory in Tuesday's clash with Emu Valley at Tannery Lane in Strathfieldsaye.

Goulburn Murray scored 8-245 against an Emu attack led by Alex Collins, 3-48.

An 84-run stand for the first wicket between Matt Dwyer and Alex Collins put Emu Valley right in the game.

Andy Collins, who played AFL for Richmond and Carlton, showed plenty of skill with the bat.

Now playing for United Cricket Club, Collins struck 75 in this clash.

From 6-211 the Emus lost 4-29 as Goulburn Murray continued its winning run.

Benalla beat Wimmera-Mallee by 75 runs at Bendigo District RSL Oval in North Bendigo.

After being 2-1, Benalla hit back to reach 196.

Best for Benalla was Samuel Gladstone on 60 runs.

Travis King hit 52.

Wimmera Mallee was dismissed for 121 as opening bowler Nathan Purcell took 6-18 off seven overs.

Swan Hill won a high-scoring contest with Portand by eight runs.

The Portland line-up scored 7-227 at Huntly's Poyser Motors Oval.

After being 1-0, the Swans fought back through Shane Fleming, 70. and an unbeaten 43 by Andrew Abbott.

In division three action, Maryborough beat Northern United by 53 runs.

United reached 175 at Harry Trott Oval in Kennington.

The Borough's chase was led by a brilliant 115 from opening batsman brilliantly led by opening batsman  Sam Bartlett.

Grampians made it two wins from as many starts.

After deciding to bat at KWD Oval in White Hills, Grampians reached 8-231 against Bendigo Colts.

The Colts chase was led by Luke Jones, 56, and Jayden Sheean, 39.

Opening bowler John Butler took 4-25 as the Grampians achieved a 68-run victory.

Red Cliffs bounced back from a disappointing opening day to beat Upper Loddon by 170 runs.

The Reds scored 6-244 at Eaglehawk's Canterbury Park.

Upper Loddon was dismissed for 74.

 Cameron Dale was the only Upper Loddon batsman to reach double figures on 33.

Grassmere beat Northern District Colts by 131 runs.

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