BLU will have a hard act to follow
BAMAWM-LOCKINGTON United will be chasing 201 runs next weekend following an impressive start from Cooma on the first day of the two-day game.
After winning the toss BLU allowed the hosts to bat first during one of the warmest days of the Goulburn Murray Cricket season.
The home side pushed through the 37 degree scorcher and continued to put runs on the board throughout the 74 overs.
BLU’s Greg Pearse said he got lucky to take 4/14 in 12 overs and added the whole team bowled and fielded well given the heat.
‘‘We dropped two catches on the day and those guys went on to make 50 each which didn’t help,’’ Pearse said.
‘‘It was two experienced guys who dropped them (himself included), but when they don’t stick they don’t stick and that’s just how cricket goes.
‘‘All the younger guys did really well especially playing in the heat and we kept up our concentration levels throughout the whole day.’’
Cooma were 2/100 heading into the tea break and Pearse said the whole side did really well to keep them to the score they did.
Luke Deeprose was the saviour for BLU claiming 2/42 in 16 overs and ending the runs of Michael Hill and Max Craddock who joined forces late to score 103 between them.
‘‘Everyone was really switched on after lunch,’’ Pearse said.
‘‘We kept it tight and got a few good wickets at the right times.’’
Cooma’s batting line-up has improved dramatically since last sea- son and the bowling line-up is equally as problematic for the opposition.
Pearse was confident his side would be able to chase down the score as long as they can bat out the 80 overs.
‘‘We gave (Cooma) chances on the day and they batted well after that,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s up to us to make up for it and get the runs now.
‘‘We’ve made it over 200 a couple of times this year so there’s no reason why this weekend should be any different.’’