UNITED FALLS AS RUN ENDS
KYABRAM Fire Brigade pace bowler Mick Mattingly took six wickets to rip through the Rochester United batting line-up on Saturday an end its unbeaten season.
After Fire Brigade set the home-side a lofty run-chase of 319 last week, United got off to a solid start, making their way to 23 without loss.
However, Fire Brigade opening bowler Brodie Unwin broke the opening stand when English import Jordan Garrett (4) nicked a cut shot to the trusty hands of Paul Newman at second slip.
Skipper Tim Bubb (9) then joined Corey Windridge at the crease, with the pair adding a further 22 before a Mattingly yorker found its way through Bubb’s defence.
Carnage followed for United with Fire Brigade paceman Henry Charlton removing Windridge (29) in the next over, paving the way for Mattingly to grab the next four wickets to leave United reeling at 7/87.
Leg spinner Sam Kershaw snared two late wickets and Mattingly finished off the innings by knocking over Myles Wade (2) to finish with figures of 6/34 from 12.4 overs and leave United all out for 107.
It was Mattingly’s third match for Fire Brigade after joining the club mid-season, and he said this win was his best one yet.
“It was a really solid performance for us, Paul (Newman) and Henry (Charlton) laid the platform for us last week and that set us up really well,” Mattingly said.
“We took some confidence from that batting performance last week and I think it showed in our bowling too.
“We bowled really well in partnerships and didn’t let up once we got on top of the game, which was pleasing.”
The 21-year-old said it was nice to contribute in a high quality game, with both teams being at the pointy end of the ladder.
“We knew it was going to be tough, but I think we just showed our best cricket is as good as anyone’s in the competition so it was nice to get a performance like that – both personally and as a team – as we come toward the end of the year.”
United are still safe on the top of ladder, and will face bottom side Echuca South this week in the last round before finals.
Fire Brigade moved to second spot after the win over United and will face third placed Moama this weekend.
ACROSS the reserve, Rochester Tigers also suffered a loss.
BLU was defending 166 and the Tigers were all out for 58.
Jake Wright, fresh off taking five wickets in the first day of the game’s play, was also the top scorer for the Tigers, racking up a score of 17.
But there was no resistance from the rest of the Tigers batting, with the team dismissed for a disappointing 58 from 21 overs.
BLU made the decision to send the Tigers back in, this time producing a far stronger performance.
Wright was promoted to open the batting, scoring 32 to save face for the Tigers.
Travis Gillin was the top scorer for the Tigers, making an unbeaten 37.
After 28 overs, the game was closed with the Tigers on 3/128.
Rochester United’s Tim Bubb watches as the ball evades Kyabram Fire Brigade fieldsmen behind the stumps in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday.
Rochester Tigers’ Jake Wright played a lone hand against BLU.