Bubb says keep calm, carry on

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By BEN CARTER

DE­SPITE los­ing to dis­trict ri­vals Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton United for the first time in seven sum­mers on Satur­day, there won’t be any Aussie Test team over­hauls of the Rochester United line-up.

The Rochester out­fit, led by cap­tain Tim Bubb, re­main on top of the Goul­burn Mur­ray A grade cricket lad­der, al­beit now equal with Moama and Kyabram Fire Brigade, but all that’s re­quired by the reign­ing cham­pi­ons af­ter their lat­est loss is a bit of tac­ti­cal fine-tun­ing.

‘‘They de­served the win,’’ Bubb said yes­ter­day of the Lions’ suc­cess at Ba­mawm.

‘‘They played bet­ter cricket. There was a lit­tle 12-over pe­riod on day one when they got 43 runs and that was pretty costly but Satur­day just gone we bowled re­ally well. It took them over 70 overs to get the runs (and) we prob­a­bly beat the bat 30 or 40 times. Had a bit of luck and a few edges gone our way it could’ve been a dif­fer­ent story.’’

Clearly, how­ever, 190 wasn’t enough to strike fear into the BLU bat­ting or­der.

Bubb ac­knowl­edged that had Rochester made it through its 80 overs on day one, a com­fort­able to­tal closer to 260 would have suf­ficed.

‘‘It was us al­ways play­ing catch-up, be­cause we were 4/15 and then 8/70,’’ he said.

‘‘To get 190 was a real bonus, with the tail bat­ting well, con­sid­er­ing where we had come from.’’

The Lions pro­duced a pa­tient chase with the bat to se­cure the com­pe­ti­tion points, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously frus­trat­ing the Rochester bowl­ing at­tack and show­ing the vis­it­ing bats­men how crease oc­cu­pa­tion can be done.

‘‘They ob­vi­ously didn’t have to knock the runs off straight away,’’ Bubb said.

‘‘They bat­ted steadily to get the job done. They didn’t give us a lot of chances even though we had a few pass the out­side edge. We didn’t find the nick we needed.’’

Bubb’s own con­tri­bu­tion with the wil­low was a soli­tary run, but the last four with the bat im­pressed in a handy if not ideal dis­play of tal­ent-meet­sap­pli­ca­tion re­ver­sal.

Jake Perry could claim to have still had a solid game with an un­beaten 50 fol­lowed by three wick­ets with the ball.

But a re­vamp of the top six would seem un­likely, ac­cord­ing to the skip­per.

‘‘I don’t think we need to change too much,’’ Bubb said.

‘‘Nor­mally I do a re­ally good job, too. It was just one of those weeks.’’

Com­ing up will be an­other away trip, this time to Cooma, leav­ing Rochester no time to slacken off at the half-way point of the sea­son.

‘‘We have to ap­ply our­selves bet­ter,’’ Bubb said.

‘‘If we bat the 80 overs we’ll make a score that’s very de­fend­able. Cooma are very much an im­proved side. Their bowl­ing at­tack’s al­ways been good and they’ve strength­ened that. Their bat­ting’s been very chal­leng­ing, too. They’re a side clearly push­ing for the premier­ship this year.’’

Photo: Luke He­mer

Rochester United bowler Jake Perry took three wick­ets on Satur­day to back up his 50 in the lower or­der on day one.

BLU im­port Luke Deep­rose made an un­beaten 45 to back up his six-wicket haul in the first in­nings.

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