Bubb says keep calm, carry on
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.’’
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.