Tigers have the Wright stuff bowling
ROCHESTER Tigers produced a strong performance with the ball on the opening day of its two-day match against BLU in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday.
Guided by a five-wicket haul from Jake Wright, the Tigers were able to dismiss BLU for 166 runs, before a difficult start for their own top order.
Winning the toss and sending BLU in, a 46 run opening partnership between Josh Cairns and Paul Colbert may have had them questioning that decision.
Cairns was the first man to fall, nicking off to the bowling of Leslie Collins for 24.
James McPhee joined Colbert at the crease, but wasn’t able to make an impact on the score sheet, becoming the first of Wright’s victims.
He was soon joined in the pavilion by Cameron Sharp for one, the team on 3/55.
Jye Kuiper was the next man to the crease, but was unable to add to the total, BLU falling to 4/62.
New man Greg Pearse joined Colbert, with the two adding another 20 to the total.
Colbert batted strongly to get to 51, before he came undone at the hands of Collins, trapped leg before.
Thompson joined Pearse, adding five before his dismissal, BLU falling to 6/88.
Ten runs later, Pearse was also back in the sheds, becoming Wright’s third victim.
Jedd Thompson was gone soon after, BLU in trouble at 8/98.
Shannon Bish and Jason Turner would not let the team end on a low total though.
The nine and ten put on the biggest partnership of the game, adding 58 to the team total.
Again Wright would be the difference maker for the Tigers, dismissing Bish for 21.
Last man Jeremy Felmingham would add seven of his own, before Wright would claim his fifth wicket.
BLU were all out for 166, with Turner left not out on 30.
Wright’s 5/43 was the best for the Tigers bowling, while Collins 3/34 was also a strong performance.
The Tigers were given one of the toughest tasks in cricket, surviving a few short overs to finish the days play.
And as so often happens in those stages, the Tigers lost wickets.
Richard Forrest was the first man to go, dismissed off the bowling of James McPhee for just one.
Stuart Withers could also not last to the close of play, Jeremy Felmingham getting his man on the last ball of the day.
Travis Gillin would close the day unbeaten on two, with his team struggling on 2/5 at the close of play.
ROCHESTER United remains undefeated and on top of the table, unlikely to move from that spot any time soon.
Saturday’s match was instead a test for third-placed Kyabram Fire Brigade and the Flames delivered in impressive style, scoring a massive 324 against the highly vaunted United bowling attack.
It means the equally lauded United batting line-up will need to produce a stellar performance next week to keep its unbeaten run this season intact.
The Flames have been on a fourgame winning streak, with the side now on level points with secondplaced Moama.
A victory for the Flames would strengthen their shot at a top-two finish, with a showdown against Moama looming.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Kyabram got off to a flying start.
Opening pair Paul Newman and Henry Charlton scored quickly for an 89-run opening partnership.
The key man in the early stages, Newman, was the first man to fall, run out for an impressive 67.
Sam Kershaw joined Charlton at the crease, with the pair keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
The side had moved to 127 when Kershaw became the first victim of Myles Wade, trapped in front for 11.
New man Brett Andison was able to take a back seat early in his innings as Charlton continued to score freely.
Like opening partner Newman, 67 proved to be his undoing when he was caught and bowled by Sean Williams, with the Flames 3/178.
Andison was not around for much longer, cleaned up by Williams just one run later.
Michael Mattingly and Anthony Andronaco were able to put together a partnership, so when Andronaco went for 28, the Flames were already in a commanding position at 5/216.
But they weren’t even close to being done.
Daniel Kent joined Mattingly, the two adding 70.
Kent took the lead in the partnership, dismissed for 48, his team now 6/286.
Boom mid-season recruit Mattingly was out a run later for 35.
Jack Donnell joined Jayden Rosin, though the two could only add five before Rosin’s dismissal.
A 31-run partnership with new man Shannon O’Brien came to an end with Donnell out for 10.
Brodie Unwin was run out a run later, ending Kyabram’s innings at 324 off 80.5 overs.
Rochester Tigers’ bowler Jake Wright thunders in on his way to snaring 5/43 against BamawmLockington United in Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade on Saturday.
Like most of his teammates, Rochester United’s Jake Perry toiled all day for little reward against a powerful Kyabram Fire Brigade batting line-up.