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