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.

Photo: Steve Hunt­ley.

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.

Photo: Steve Hunt­ley

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.

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