Rochester Tigers bowled out for 169 in 71 overs
GOULBURN Murray Cricket returned on Saturday with Rochester Tigers hosting Kyabram Fire Brigade at Windridge Oval in the A grade.
The home side chose to bat first for day one of the round nine twodayer, but their run was ended early when Fire Brigade bowled them out for 169 in 71 overs.
Openers Trevor Wright and AJ Ward had a slow start with Ward only making four runs and Wright out for a duck.
Chris Holliday redeemed the scoreline, making 77 runs before being caught out by AJ Woodland, while Josh Henry made 33 and Brett Young 21.
Fire Brigade collected the remaining wickets in quick succession on the back of an impressive bowling performance from Woodland, who took 2/36 in 14 overs, and Brodie Unwin 2/41.
Tigers will have to bowl at their best on the weekend if they are to secure the win over the top side.
Across town, Rochester United has put itself in a good position following day one of the two-day clash against Tongala.
United chose to bat first during the game at Rochester Recreation Reserve and managed to put 238 runs on the board before they were bowled out with 12 overs to spare.
The home side under-performed with the bat in their previous twodayers and Dylan Cuttriss said this was one of the main reasons behind the decision to bat first.
‘‘We wanted to give ourselves a good chance to bat well in the middle and make sure we had a good start heading into finals,’’ he said.
‘‘That’s the time when it’s really important to bat those 80 overs and we need to be able to do it.’’
Cuttriss made 76 runs on the day, the highest of the batting line-up, before being caught out by Tongala’s Adam Nunn.
He said the side were happy with the score they got, however were disappointed they weren’t able to get through the full 80 overs.
Manoj Vemula got the side off to a strong start early, scoring 21, but it wasn’t until later in the day when the runs really started to come for United.
Stephen Rasmussen joined forces with Cuttriss in the final stages to add another 60, while Tim Rasmussen made 28.
‘‘There’s a few of us who have played a lot of cricket together and try and look out for each other when we’re out there batting,’’ Cuttriss said.
‘‘It can get hard when you’re out there for a long time, but you just concentrate on each ball as it comes and play each ball on its merit.’’
Despite the heat Cuttriss said it was good to be out there for a while and was confident their score would earn them the points.
‘‘Batting hasn’t been Tongala’s strength of late, but they have a couple of good batsmen in their side we’ll have to focus on getting them out,’’ he said.
‘‘We had a few hits over Christmas to keep the guys fresh and after a few good training sessions this week we should be able to put on a good bowling performance as well.’’
United will have a few key bowlers out which has given young players such as Broden Evans the chance to test out a higher standard of cricket.
At only 15-years-old Evans will be stepping up into his first A grade game and should have the chance to bowl a few overs on the weekend along with some other fresh players.
‘‘Gareth Oakley hasn’t played a lot this season, but we’ll be looking for him to bowl some off-spin and take a few wickets,’’ Cuttriss said.
Josh Henry made 33 for Tigers on Saturday.