Shepparton News

Murphy has batsmen spinning out of control during slam

- By Tyler Maher

Todd Murphy’s cricketing stocks continue to rise.

The Moama export has excelled in the top tier of the Victorian Premier Cricket system for St Kilda this season and although rain washed out the entire men’s competitio­n on Saturday, the tweaker still had a brilliant weekend.

The opening round of the Vic Super Slam hit-off on Sunday and Murphy has already stormed to the top of the bowling table after two Twenty20 matches.

Murphy’s Saints comfortabl­y claimed victory in both their Stars Conference clashes as the spinner led the way with the ball on both occasions.

Murphy took 3-14 from four overs as his side restricted the Hawks to 7-97 in the first game of the day before snaring the same figures (as well as a maiden) in the afternoon as the Saints dismissed the Heat for 105.

Murphy was not required to bat in either match, with the Saints taking less than 26 combined overs to chase the two totals down.

The spinner’s six wickets at an average of 4.67, strike rate of eight and economy rate of 3.5 has him ahead of Trent Lawford (six at seven, eight and 5.25) for best bowling figures of the competitio­n so far.

In the Renegades Conference, Tallygaroo­pna product Ryan Sidebottom and his Kangaroos went 1-1 across the day after defeating the Lions by a solitary run in the morning and falling just short of the Cats in the afternoon.

Sidebottom took 1-20 from his four overs against the Lions and 1-17 from three against the Cats to kickstart his campaign with consistenc­y.

Former Central Park-St Brendan’s cricketer Josh Larkin was crucial for the Cats in their victory, finishing on 20 not out from 16 deliveries to guide his side to 7-139 before bowling two overs for 12 runs.

Women’s Premier Firsts one-day action also took place on Sunday and Moama product Paris Rafferty, playing for Box Hill, was again among the wickets.

Rafferty took 2-27 from her 10 overs to back up last week’s figures of 3-29.

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