ROCHESTER United’s Jor­dan Gar­rett was lucky to sur­vive this run-out at­tempt as Ritchie For­rest whipped off the bails. Gar­rett was caught for 18 soon af­ter but his wicket did not stop his side re­tain­ing the Dingers’ Day per­pet­ual tro­phy.


A PAIR of un­beaten half-cen­turies has kept Rochester United’s per­fect start to the Goul­burn Mur­ray A grade cricket sea­son alive.

United posted 3/195 off its 45 overs against Rochester Tigers, as the crosstown ri­vals put their dif­fer­ences aside to cel­e­brate Dinger’s Day.

The day is held in mem­ory of Matthew Ding­wall, a highly re­garded and greatly loved mem­ber of the Rochester com­mu­nity and a for­mer Tigers player who trag­i­cally died in 2011.

The Tigers were un­able to chase down the tar­get with United tak­ing the points in the fi­nal one-day match be­fore two-day play starts.

United won the toss and bat­ted. Jor­dan Gar­rett was the first to go for 18 while cap­tain Tim Bubb’s dis­missal left United at 2/52.

Opener Corey Win­dridge made a strong 30 be­fore be­ing caught, but his wicket was the last bright mo­ment of the in­nings for the Tigers.

The dis­missal brought Sean Wil­liams and Tim Ras­mussen to­gether and the pair bat­ted bril­liantly to put on an un­beaten 122 for United, bat­ting through the 45 overs to post the chal­leng­ing tar­get.

The part­ner­ship con­tin­ued strong form from both bats­men. Wil­liams now has 195 runs this sea­son at an av­er­age of 65 while Ras­mussen has scored 168 runs at an av­er­age of 84.

The Tigers bat­ting on Sat­ur­day was an im­prove­ment on re­cent per­for­mances but they were con­stantly be­hind the eight-ball, bat­ting out the 45 overs to only reach 6/137.

They lost Bran­don Byrne early for two, but Kevin Gillin (28) and Adam Ward (33) knuck­led down be­fore Gillin was bowled by Wil­liams.

And his match-win­ning per­for­mance con­tin­ued soon af­ter with Ward caught and bowled and skip­per Jake Wright caught for one, the Tigers on the ropes at 4/71.

They dropped to 6/88 but brought some re­spectabil­ity back to the score­line with a 49-run part­ner­ship from Adam McPhee and Travis Gillin, both mak­ing 21 not out.

Wil­liams was the pick of the bowlers for United with 3/32, while Liam Rin­gin was in­cred­i­bly tidy with nine runs com­ing from his nine overs.

The win made it six from six for de­fend­ing cham­pion United, while for the Tigers the de­feat was a blow, drop­ping two games be­hind in the race for the top four and fi­nals.

And it won’t get any eas­ier this week, with a two-day game against a Moama side in sen­sa­tional form.

United took the hon­ours in B grade by 20 runs, Hamish Hoopell’s 4/27 with the ball the match-win­ning per­for­mance.

But the Tigers pre­vented the white­wash in C grade with a three-wicket win. Shane Con­nelly took a bril­liant 5/8 from six overs with the ball be­fore Ash­ley East (37) and Clay Sparkes (34*) helped get them across the line.


Photo: Bruce Povey.

Rochester United’s Sean Wil­liams was in dom­i­nant form on Sat­ur­day, scor­ing 63no with the bat and claim­ing 3-32 with the ball against Rochester Tigers.

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