AF­TER a big vic­tory the pre­vi­ous week over Tal­la­rook, Mer­ton crick­eters took on sec­ond placed Puck­a­pun­yal at the Mer­ton Cricket Ground (MCG).

Puck­a­pun­yal bat­ted first and made 118 and were all out in the 43rd over.

Opener, Mar­shall, bat­ted well and was the top scorer with 55*.

Jarrod Cum­mins bowled a top nine over spell set­ting up the win with 2/12.

A Zei­dens, 3/23, and Jim Stephens, 3/26, were the other wicket tak­ers.

The Mer­ton top or­der took ad­van­tage of some short bowl­ing; pun­ish­ing the Puck­a­pun­yal bowl­ing at­tack with the home side pass­ing the visi­tor’s to­tal in the 18th over with only five wick­ets down.

Jim Stephens was the top scorer with 43, not out, and Herridge was the next best with 22.

Mer­ton takes on Flow­erdale, on their home ground, next Satur­day.

The top six on the lad­der are: Pya­long, Mer­ton, Puck­a­pun­yal, Broad­ford, Sey­mour and Kil­more. Jaxon, and Char­lie added fur­ther runs to the board.

Euroa recorded a vic­tory, amass­ing 135 runs.

The re­main­ing time al­lowed Notre Dame to be sent into bat with Nic Hill claim­ing two wick­ets and Nic Burke one, to see the last half hour of the game out.

This was an­other suc­cess­ful vic­tory for Euroa.

Next week we travel to Shep­par­ton for the last two day match be­fore Christ­mas.

Near­est the pins: on the 8th was An­nette Smith, on the 12th was Leve­nia Red­fern and on the 18th was Con­nie Grace.

The drive and pitch on the 5th went to Leve­nia Red­fern and on the 15th it went to Linda Com­brink.

The least putts went to Con­nie Grace.

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