BLU blasts Ton­gala

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BA­MAWM-LOCK­ING­TON United has shrugged off fears of be­ing the push-overs of the Goul­burn Murray Cricket A grade com­pe­ti­tion af­ter an­other win at the week­end.

The side kept Ton­gala to 134 runs with two overs to spare on the Blues home pitch af­ter set­ting the pace 4/171.

Each week BLU has seen some un­likely he­roes rise to the oc­ca­sion on the bat­ting front, with five play­ers mak­ing over 150 runs this year.

Bowling has al­ways been the strong suit at BLU, but it hasn’t stopped bats­men as low as eighth on the or­der from record­ing some de­cent fig­ures.

The scor­ing came later in the piece on Satur­day with Greg Pearse mak­ing 65 and cap­tain Josh Cairns do­ing his share on 51.

‘‘It’s nice to be able to con­sis­tently put scores on the board and not get rolled by 100 runs each week like we have in the past,’’ Cairns said.

‘‘It was good to bat up the or­der yes­ter­day and con­trib­ute a lot more than I had pre­vi­ously this sea­son.

‘‘And it’s handy hav­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of Pearse to come out later in the in­nings and still churn out runs, like he does for us ev­ery year — even at the age of 48.’’

Luke Deep­rose made 19 and Paul Col­bert con­trib­uted 12 ear­lier in the day.

Cairns hoped to con­tinue his form when play re­turned early next month and the team has al­ready put them­selves in good stead for fi­nals con­tention with four wins and three losses so far this year putting them in fourth on the premier­ship lad­der.

The Blues are lower down at eighth with only two wins this sea­son.

‘‘Adam Nunn got off to a re­ally good start which wor­ried us for a lit­tle while, but be­ing able to bring on bowlers like Pearse and Josh Felm­ing­ham to take some wick­ets helped, es­pe­cially with eight good bowlers in the team,’’ Cairns said.

Nunn was able to pro­duce a flow of 59 runs be­fore he was bowled by Pearse.

Jack Goode made 17 prior to be­ing handed the same fate and opener Brendan McGrath made 21 be­fore he was bowled by Felm­ing­ham who along with Pearse were able to stem Ton­gala’s scor­ing, Pearse tak­ing 2/15 in nine overs and Felm­ing­ham 2/22 in as many overs.

Cairns said BLU needed to im­prove on their field­ing when they re­turned from the break af­ter drop­ping a cou­ple of easy catches through­out the year.

‘‘As long as we keep play­ing con­sis­tently there’s no rea­son we shouldn’t stay in the top four and make it into fi­nals,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got a cou­ple of winnable games af­ter Christmas and if we can win the ones we’re ex­pected to and sneak in an­other win some­where along the way we’ll give our­selves a good op­por­tu­nity.’’

Cairns added the break couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time for some of the older play­ers in the side and they’ll all come back fresh in a few weeks when the side takes on Cooma.

‘‘It’s the first time we’ll have played them this sea­son and it should be a good test for us,’’ he said.

‘‘At the mo­ment Cooma is a young side in good form.

‘‘They’re in fifth at the mo­ment and it’ll be a re­ally big game in con­text of fi­nals, but over­all it will be an ex­cit­ing bat­tle.

‘‘A lot of the older bod­ies are start­ing to fall a part so a cou­ple of weeks off will be good for us.’’

Photo: Bruce Povey

Rochester United keeper Steve Ras­mussen pulls off a run out in Satur­day’s Goul­burn Murray Cricket match against Stan­hope.

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