There was carnage at Cooma
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.
Steve Rasmussen has dominated behind the stumps for Rochester United since he was a teenager.
Cooma’s Liam Barrett watches the ball.
Cooma’s Max Craddock looks dejected as United celebrates his wicket.
United batsman Matt O’Donoghue.