Campaspe News - - SPORT - By AN­DREW JOHN­STON

GOUL­BURN Mur­ray Cricket be­gan its 2017-18 sea­son on the week­end, with both of Rochester’s teams get­ting wins.

Rochester United opened its ac­count with a 44-run vic­tory over Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton United.

United bat­ted first, com­pil­ing 9/139 off its 45 overs. English im­port Jor­dan Gar­rett led the charge with the bat, scor­ing a strong 53.

Tim Bubb also con­trib­uted a solid 26.

Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton were bowled out for 95, with the wick­ets spread through­out United’s at­tack. Debu­tant Myles Wade took three wick­ets while Liam Rin­gin, Bro­dan Evans and Mark McFar­lane each claimed two.

United cap­tain Bubb spoke highly of the team’s per­for­mance, de­spite be­ing un­der­manned.

“It was a good start to the sea­son,’’ Bubb said.

‘‘We were a lit­tle un­der­manned, par­tic­u­larly in the bowl­ing area. But for the boys to per­form like they did was re­ally good.”

He also spoke highly of debu­tant Myles Wade. “Myles is great,’’ Bubb said. ‘‘He doesn’t bowl many bad balls, and he’s hard to score off. He’s go­ing to fit in great with how we play.”

Rochester Tigers also started its cam­paign with a big vic­tory, de­feat­ing Cooma by 96 runs.

Bat­ting first, the Tigers were led by cap­tain Jake Wright who top scored with 79.

Richard For­rest also con­trib­uted 30 as the Tigers made a to­tal of 188.

Wright also took the wicket of Stephen Bar­rett, but a 4/15 spell for Kevin Gillin and 3/9 from Adam Ward did the dam­age, as Cooma were dis­missed for 92.

The re­sults saw the Tigers close the open­ing round of the sea­son in fourth place, while United sit fifth.

In the other games of the round, an un­beaten 132 from Lay­ton Mc­Cann and six wick­ets to An­thony McMa­hon guided Moama to vic­tory against Ton­gala.

Kyabram Fire Bri­gade de­feated Echuca South off the back of an 80 to Brett Andi­son, and Echuca de­feated Stanhope by seven wick­ets.

In the up­com­ing round two fix­tures, the Tigers take on Kyabram Fire Bri­gade while United take on Ton­gala.

Rochester United’s Tim Bubb pre­pares to run af­ter guid­ing the ball through the cov­ers in the open­ing round match against BLU.

Photo: Bruce Povey.

Rochester United’s Corey Win­dridge tries to keep his shot down against BLU.

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