Kirton Shield heartbreak for MDCA

Liam Hurse led the way for the ball for the MDCA, taking three wickets against Grenville.

The Maryborough District Cricket Association’s under 17 representative side remains without a win in the 2017 Central Highlands Kirton Shield competition following a heartbreaking one-run defeat on Sunday.

Played at Hedges Oval, the MDCA fell to Grenville Cricket Association by the narrowest of margins with a wicket on the second last ball of the game seeing Maryborough bowled for 159 chasing the visitors 8/160.

Sunday’s contest saw the momentum change regularly with Grenville getting away to a good start with the bat before being pulled back by the MDCA.

Liam Hurse was Maryborough’s best bowler, taking 3/29 in the 50 over match while Mick Malik was also effective, taking 2/22.

Brock Walker and Jye Kenden were the other wicket takers.

In its run chase, the MDCA found runs in openers Hurse and Ben Evans who began the innings with a 62-run partnership.

Hurse was ran out for 16 but Evans continued on, pairing with

Todd Doran for 49 runs for the third wicket.

Surpassing the 100-run mark with relative ease, the innings then fell apart for the MDCA as six wickets fell for just 11 runs.

Evans was caught up in the collapse, removed for a well-made 56, as was Doran, out for 23 as the MDCA collapsed to 7/122.

Cam McClure attempted to haul the MDCA across the line with an unbeaten 26 batting at seven, but he ran out of partners with Malik (1) judged LBW on the second last ball of the innings with the home side one run short.

Todd Doran adds to the score in the MDCAʼs losing innings.

For more on this story see Page 35 of The Advertiser, Friday, November 10.

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