BLU will have a hard act to fol­low

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By JESS GLED­HILL

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.’’

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