There was car­nage at Cooma

Campaspe News - - SPORTS - By BEN CARTER — Ben Carter

SEVEN­TEEN wick­ets would be a busy two days of cricket — in one af­ter­noon it would be, and was, car­nage.

Rochester United took 10 of the wick­ets against Cooma and should have been cruis­ing, but by the end of the day was reel­ing at 7/37 and show­ing no sign of de­fend­ing its A grade premier­ship.

At Cooma, United sent in the hosts, and then promptly skit­tled them for 71.

Cooma was 3/3 be­fore los­ing their last seven wick­ets for 68.

Dy­lan Cut­triss snared 4/12 from 16 overs for the vis­i­tors, and Sean Wil­liams had 2/6 off seven.

How­ever, United was left shell shocked and, in­cred­i­bly, in a worse po­si­tion, with not one bats­man manag­ing dou­ble fig­ures and still 34 runs adrift with just three wick­ets in hand a long day ahead this week­end.

With a con­certed ef­fort it could still sal­vage some points from the match but no-one is hold­ing their breath.

Ton­gala con­tin­ued the ma­jor­ity theme of the day — bat­ting col­lapses — with 84 all out against Rochester Tigers at home af­ter win­ning the toss and bat­ting.

Only three Blues bats­men made 10 or more with the Tigers’ Adam Ward cash­ing in with the ball to the tune of 6/15 off 19.2 overs.

The last eight Ton­gala play­ers de­parted for 59 runs com­bined.

The Blues struck back to some ex­tent to leave the vis­i­tors 3/43 at the close of play and in with a slim chance.

Adam Nunn was the best for the Blues, tak­ing 3/11 from seven overs.

The Tigers sit be­low cross-town ri­vals United in ev­ery se­nior grade this sum­mer — A, B and C.

Buck­ing the trend was the Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton United trip up to Moama.

The hosts pro­duced a solid af­ter­noon’s worth at home to be 235 all out in­side 70 overs af­ter be­ing sent in to bat by the Li­ons.

Moama im­port Josh Waugh­ing­ton was again among the lead­ing scor­ers with 94 runs, and good sup­port came from his open­ing part­ner An­thony McMa­hon (35) and Kirk Teas­dale (33).

Jedd Thomp­son and Jeremy Felm­ing­ham each shared three-wicket hauls for BLU, be­ing 3/26 and 3/40 re­spec­tively.

Luke Deep­rose toiled for nearly 20 overs to end on 2/59 on a first day that the vis­i­tors would have con­sid­ered a suc­cess.

Photo: Bruce Povey

Steve Ras­mussen has dom­i­nated be­hind the stumps for Rochester United since he was a teenager.

Cooma’s Liam Bar­rett watches the ball.

Photo: Bruce Povey

Cooma’s Max Crad­dock looks de­jected as United cel­e­brates his wicket.

United bats­man Matt O’Donoghue.

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