NOT even a Danny Kent century or an unblemished week could propel Goulburn Murray into the division three final of Melbourne Country Cricket Week last week.
Kent scored his ton in Thursday’s clash against Colac.
With Kent’s Fire Brigade teammate Paul Newman also chipping in with 74 and sharing a 138 runs second wicket partnership with him, GM posted a massive score of 9/312 off its 50 overs.
But it wasn’t enough to get it into Friday’s final even though it had won its three games for the week.
West Gippsland and Warragul also won all their games and had superior percentage to GM – the equivalent of 43 runs.
Goulburn Murray made a good start to its campaign with a massive win over Seymour at Footscray Doncaster on Monday.
Batting first MG compiled 8/261 of the back of 67 from Moama opener Josh Waughington, 46 from Cooma’s Steve Barrett and 44 and 25 respectively from Fire Brigade pair AJ Woodland and Mark Watt.
The GM side, skippered by young Cooma all-rounder Liam Barrett, then dismissed Seymour for 96 with Echuca South’s Shannon O’Brien taking three wickets and Stanhope import Nick Bulcock with two.
After the bye on Tuesday, Kyabram met Wangaratta at Mount Waverley on the Wednesday and recorded a narrow 11-run win.
Batting first Kyabram looked to be cruising at 1/60 but lost its last nine wickets for 86 runs.
But with AJ Woodland snaring 3/22 off 10 overs and Mark Watt 2/19 off 10 overs, the GM bowlers restricted Wangaratta to 134 in delivering a 12-run win.
Top scorer for GM was Paul Newman in his first game for the week with 44. Mark Watt chipped in with 24 while a player of the future, Moama’s 16-year-old Todd Murphy also made a vital 24 late in the innings.
GM coach Lawrie Casey said it was disappointing to clear every hurdle but still miss out on playing in the final and being denied the chance to move up a division.
‘‘Liam (Barrett) did a good job captaining the side for the first time and everyone put in. I think we also saw a really good young player in Todd Murphy (a son of former Tongala and Moama champion Jamie) emerging as a star of the future,’’ added Casey.