ROCHESTER CRICKETERS MAKE A STRONG START
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.
Corey Windridge starred for United, with a half century at the top of the order. Photo:
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