Rochester Tigers bowled out for 169 in 71 overs

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By JESS GLED­HILL

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.

Photo: Bruce Povey

Josh Henry made 33 for Tigers on Satur­day.

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