By David Lee
CANTERBURY Park in Eaglehawk was all a buzz last week when Murray Valley battled it out against Ferntree Gully in a bid to be crowned champions of the 2012 Bendigo Country Week and Neil Pollock Memorial Shield.
Winning the toss and batting first, Murray Valley totalled 9/170 in their 50 allotted overs with openers Braden Carey (33) and Luke Carter (14) setting the game into motion with a solid opening partnership, followed by good support from lower order batsmen, Alex Osmond (30) and Imran Arif (27) helping lead their team to victory to take out the 2012 title for their 20th consecutive streak.
Undeniably the influential man of the match was Ash Quinn, displaying a near faultless display of aggressive quick bowling capturing seven Ferntree Gully wickets for 43 runs off 16 overs and was instrumental in running out Ferntree Gully’s gun batsman at the bowlers end when he backed up too far.
Murray Valley captain, Matthew Jaensch said, “It was a great team effort by the boys this week. We had a few young kids in the side and they all stood up, which was great.
“Things were looking a bit shaky for us at 7-80 odd, but we were always confident we had the batting that could put a score on the board that we could defend.”
Before even taking to the pitch for their clash against Portland, Shepparton was knocked out of the game when their match was cancelled due to wet weather the night before.