Hop­ing for a fresh start, they BLU it

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By BEN CARTER

FOL­LOW­ING an at-times frus­trat­ing and mid­dling 2015-16 sea­son, Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton United opened the 2016-17 sum­mer on Satur­day with a 67-run loss at home against Kyabram Fire Bri­gade.

BLU A grade cap­tain Josh Cairns said while the team was keen to be back on the field, it was a dis­ap­point­ing re­sult with which to start the sea­son.

How­ever, Cairns added that he wouldn’t have bat­ted first if he had won the toss in­stead of his Kyabram coun­ter­part Dan Kent.

‘‘We nor­mally chase okay but it was just one of those days,’’ he said.

The Ba­mawm Oval sur­face was in good nick given it had lit­tle footy on it for some weeks, and the Fire Bri­gade to­tal of 9/159 from 45 overs was, Cairns said, ‘‘ex­tremely get­table’’.

Nev­er­the­less, while the stick-in­hand side of the XI found trou­ble, the BLU bowlers had a great start with Ja­son Turner tak­ing 4/22 from nine overs, while Jeremy Felm­ing­ham and English im­port Luke Deep­rose claimed two wick­ets each.

As Rochester Tigers pres­i­dent Ray Ge­orge had said pre-sea­son, the im­pact of in­ter­na­tional play­ers had be­come a ba­sic and ben­e­fi­cial way to bol­ster dis­trict cricket in the 21st cen­tury.

Cairns agreed when you can have close to a third of a bat­ting or­der from out­side Aus­tralia, dif­fer­ence.

‘‘Def­i­nitely for us cause,’’ he said.

‘‘Par­tic­u­larly with (us) not hav­ing a large amount of num­bers around Ba­mawm.’’

Cairns con­sid­ered that the ad­di­tion of im­port play­ers did not dampen or di­lute lo­cal en­thu­si­asm, though. In­stead, it lifted the stan­dard of the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion.

The rest of the BLU story with the

Goul­burn-Mur­ray Cricket score­board

it made a big it helps the bat saw the lo­cals stag­ger from 8/55 to 92 all out, with only four bats­men mak­ing more than 10.

It was a com­bi­na­tion of bril­liant Kyabram bowl­ing and poor bat­ting from BLU.

‘‘Kyabram bowled re­ally well but the balls were there to be hit,’’ Cairns said.

‘‘We didn’t ap­ply our­selves long enough (and) un­for­tu­nately we never quite got started. They kept us pretty pinned down.’’

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