Campaspe News - - SPORT - By AN­DREW JOHN­STON

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.

Photo: Steve Hunt­ley

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.

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