Campaspe News - - FRONT PAGE - By JESS GLED­HILL

REIGN­ING pre­miers Rochester United got off to a fly­ing start for the sea­son, keep­ing Echuca to just 84 runs in un­der 35 overs at Rochester Recre­ation Re­serve on Satur­day.

And then took just 24 overs (4/85) to run the score down.

United bats­man Corey Win­dridge held up the team in the bat­ting end with a com­fort­able 51 runs be­fore be­ing caught out by Matt Hinks off Duane Johns.

A grade cap­tain Tim Bubb said it was a nice way to start the year af­ter such a long time be­tween sea­sons.

‘‘It was good to get rid of a few cob­webs,’’ he said.

‘‘We played well and we’re only go­ing to get stronger again as the sea­son wears on.’’

Bubb said Dy­lan Cut­triss was an­other stand­out per­for­mance on the day, tak­ing 3-16 off nine overs.

And the cap­tain was solid him­self, catch­ing Echuca cap­tain Bren­dan Pren­der­gast for a duck.

‘‘You al­ways hope to get the first catch of the sea­son and it’s good for your con­fi­dence if you also catch the next one,’’ he said.

‘‘It can be in the back of your mind, so it’s nice to get a cou­ple of catches in slips early on in the year.’’

They man­aged to make it through the en­tire match, but were still held up by rain on oc­ca­sions.

With only four fi­nals places up for grabs, ev­ery game counts and Bubb said they couldn’t af­ford to lose any.

‘‘We’ve got Kyabram Fire Bri­gade next week — who we played in the grand fi­nal last year — and they’re al­ways go­ing to be a chal­lenge.

‘‘We need to work on bowl­ing six good balls and keep­ing wick­ets in our hand as long as we can,’’ he said.

Bubb said even one bad de­liv­ery al­lowed the op­po­si­tion to get their run­rate up.

Bruce Povey

Corey Win­dridge starred for United, with a half cen­tury at the top of the or­der. Photo:

Photo: Bruce Povey

Echuca bats­man Bren­dan Moyle keeps his eyes on the ball as it flies to­ward point on Satur­day.

Dy­lan Cut­triss steams into the crease. Photo: Bruce Povey

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