Belmore Bulls' top four hopes take a hit against Murrurundi in Upper Hunter cricket round nine

TOP TRY: Tim Carter took another two wickets at the weekend in the Bulls' loss to Murrurundi.  FILE IMAGE
TOP TRY: Tim Carter took another two wickets at the weekend in the Bulls' loss to Murrurundi. FILE IMAGE

BELMORE Bulls’ run of form came to an end at the weekend after succumbing to third place Murrurundi at a faux home game in Scone.

The match was shifted to Bill Rose Sports Park throughout the week, which boosted the Bull’s confidence, and that belief was escalated even further after Tim Carter made an early breakthrough as first change bowler.

Murrurundi looked to be in a cagey position at drinks with just 78 runs on the board, which is solid but below their usual output.

However, with nine wickets left in hand they accelerated in the second 20, finishing at 242 after a quickfire 70 from JD McClymont.

Gavin Newton-Smith and Carter took two wickets each but it wasn’t enough to slow down the opposition onslaught.

Despite chasing a huge total, they would have felt they were still a chance after making it to drinks on the exact same score as Murrurundi did for the loss of just 3 wickets.

However, they were unable to produce the same run rate following the break and lost their next 7 wickets for 83 runs, resulting in an 81 run loss.

Greg Sheehan enjoyed a spectacular day out for Merriwa, scoring 135 in their 114 run drubbing of Bunnan, which has kept the former on top of the table.

He was clearly best on ground, taking 3 for 18 from 8 as their opponents worked their way to 147 before falling well short, as many sides have this season.

Bushrangers scraped home against Brook Silver while the Blues were embarrassed by a rampaging Rouchel, and Aberdeen enjoyed a close victory against Belltrees, getting home by 3 runs.

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