Grand final day at Melbourne Country Week

5.30PM: Traralgon and District has defeated Warrnambool and District by 71 runs in the Melbourne Country Week division two grand final.

Brett Eldridge was left stranded on 96 not out when Warrnambool and District lost its last wicket, all out for 164.

The defeat has given the side back-to-back losses in the decider, following a 2013 defeat to Bairnsdale by two runs.

4.45PM: Near-impossible task for Warrnambool and District now - 9-144. Brett Eldridge has been superb today, 81 not out batting at number three - the exact reason why he's captain. A batsman who truly leads from the front.

3.45PM: It's carnage at Albert Cricket Ground as another one bites the dust. Mark Murphy gone for four with Warrnambool and District 7-70 in pursuit of 235.

3.40PM: Warrnambool and District needing Mark Murphy to reproduce his heroics from the Cross Border Cup.

Nick Butters out as the score slumps to 6-69 off 23 overs. Brett Eldridge is not out on 25. Equation is 177 runs off 162 balls.

3.20PM: All but game over for the Warrnambool and District men, who have slumped to 5-49 after 17 overs. A disastrous last 40 minutes.

So far, Dustin Drew, Karl Turner, Josh Stapleton, Michael Threlfall and Jake McKinnon are the men out. Captain Brett Eldridge is holding up an end with 19 not out while Nick Butters is the new man.

Back-to-back grand final defeats on the cards. Hugely disappointing after an impressive week.

2.40PM: Could it be heartbreak again? Dustin Drew and Karl Turner already back in the pavilion as Warrnambool and District slumps to 2-16 off five overs.

Drew (7) was reportedly caught after the ball hit the top of a shoulder, rather than the bat. Turner (7) was caught at first slip. Brett Eldridge and Josh Stapleton have launched a rescue mission.

1.45PM: Warrnambool and District needs 236 to win the Melbourne Country Week division two title at Albert Cricket Ground

Traralgon and District has finished its innings at 9-235. Ben Boyd took 5-32 while Jake McKinnon grabbed 2-37.

Warrnambool made 6-298 on day one, 8-230 on day two and was 6-119 before rain washed out play on day three.

The two sides met on day one at Melbourne Country Week last year, with Warrnambool and District winning a thriller by one wicket at Oakleigh.

Cameron Williams - who isn't in the squad this year - made 100 while Jason Mungean (30 not out) and Josh Stapleton (29) were the next best in a score of 9-202.

Mungean and Boyd put on an unbeaten 25 for the last wicket to get the side past Traralgon and District's 194 all out.

1.20PM: Jake McKinnon gets in on the act again. Traralgon 6-193 off 44.2 overs.

1.10PM: Warrnambool and District is staring at the prospect of chasing 240 to win the Melbourne Country Week grand final.

Jake McKinnon has taken the fifth wicket, but only after a potentially match-defining 89-run partnership.

Traralgon and District is 5-189 in the 44th over.

12.45PM: Traralgon and District is 4-139 after 35 overs at Albert Cricket Ground.

12PM: Tom Smith won't bat or bowl today but has left his mark on the grand final. A superb run out has reduced Traralgon to 4-100 off 27 overs.

11.50AM: Warrnambool and District is back in it! Two wickets in the seven overs after drinks have reduced Traralgon and District to 3-90 off 24.1 overs.

Nerves-of-steel paceman Ben Boyd has grabbed both scalps, one caught behind and one LBW.

11.20AM: It's drinks at Albert Cricket Ground. Traralgon and District is 1-80 off 18 overs. Warrnambool and District could be chasing 250-plus at this rate, although cricket can change quickly.

In other cricket news, South Africa reached a slow-but-steady 5-214 at stumps on day one in the second Test against Australia at Port Elizabeth.

AB De Villiers, arguably the most in-form batsman in the world, is unbeaten on 51 while JP Duminy is two not out.

11AM: Traralgon and District has moved to 1-64 off 12 overs. Warrnambool and District in a bit of trouble early in the grand final.

10.25AM: Hank Schlaghecke has struck the first blow in the Melbourne Country Week grand final. Traralgon and District is 1-9 in the third over.

10AM: Warrnambool and District has lost the toss and will bowl first against Traralgon and District at Albert Cricket Ground.

9.15AM: Welcome to our coverage of the Melbourne Country Week division two grand final between Warrnambool and District and Traralgon and District at Albert Cricket Ground, St Kilda.

Rain washed out all four matches in division two yesterday, leaving the two sides in first and second after four days of the tournament.

Warrnambool and District finished on top with 48.68 points. It has made 746 runs and taken 27 wickets for the week, and conceded 658 runs and lost 24 wickets. 

Traralgon and District was just 0.2 behind on the ladder, with 48.48 points. It has made 668 runs and taken 29 wickets, and conceded 613 runs and lost 32 wickets. Bowling looms a strength for the central Gippsland side.

The match will start about 10.15am. Tom Smith and Geoff Williams are out of the 14-man side. Mark Murphy is the 12th man batsman while Hank Schlaghecke is the 12th man bowler.

In other MCW news, South West avoided relegation to division two, despite losing to Murray Valley at Bayswater Oval yesterday. Find Aidan Fawkes' wrap here:

Geelong and Mornington Peninsula (1) will vie for the provincial grade title at the MCG. Geelong is a multiple winner while Mornington Peninsula (1) lost to Sale-Maffra last year.

Warragul and Sunraysia qualified for the division three grand final, while unbeaten Colac and Shepparton are in the division four decider.


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