Rochester’s Tim Bubb makes his ground just as Echuca’s Shaun Hon re­moves the bails in the Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket A grade game on Satur­day.


THE new-look Rochester Cricket Club made its de­but in the Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket as­so­ci­a­tion on Satur­day, but it was not the per­fect start play­ers and of­fi­cials would have been hop­ing for.

Formed out of the merger of Rochester United and Rochester Tigers, the club suf­fered a loss in its maiden match — against lo­cal ri­vals Echuca.

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Rochester soon found them­selves in early trou­ble at 2/20.

A re­as­sur­ing knock from Jake Wright (27) stead­ied the ship tem­po­rar­ily, but when he was clean bowled by Rylea Jones, Rochester was back un­der the pump.

Ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers Tim Ras­mussen and Adam McPhee once again slowed Echuca’s progress and put to­gether a solid part­ner­ship, be­fore Ras­mussen was caught and bowled by Si­mon Mad­dox, de­part­ing for 26 and McPhee was un­done by the bowl­ing of Nick Dolan for 21.

With the de­par­ture of McPhee the fi­nal four wick­ets fell for just eight runs — three of those de­parted for a duck.

Rochester had set a tar­get for Echuca of 132 from their 42 overs.

Mad­dox was the pick of Echuca’s bowl­ing at­tack, clean­ing up four Rochy bats­men, while in the field it was cap­tain and wick­et­keeper Shaun Hon who picked up two catches.

Tak­ing to the field for the sec­ond in­nings, Rochy’s bowlers toiled hard as they worked to­wards an open­ing wicket.

But by the time it came, Echuca opener Adam Jones was well estab­lished at the other end, and went on to record a half cen­tury be­fore be­ing caught by Cut­triss off the bowl­ing of An­gus Martin for 56.

It was enough to set Echuca up for an easy chase, in which the vis­i­tors can­tered to a 5/133 win with four overs re­main­ing.

Rochester pres­i­dent Bren­dan Martin said in spite of the loss he was happy with the A grade per­for­mance.

‘‘It was a pretty suc­cess­ful start,’’ he said.

‘‘We al­ways knew the A grade side had a few key play­ers un­avail­able through footy and other com­mit­ments, and I think a few teams were the same.’’

Pick­ing out some of the bet­ter Rochester play­ers on the day, Martin sin­gled out a bats­man and bowler.

‘‘Adam McPhee was pretty good with the bat, he made 20-odd. And I think Gus Martin bowled pretty well for us too.

‘‘This week we have Moama. We al­ways en­joy a game against Moama and we par­tic­u­larly en­joy win­ning there,’’ he laughed.

In other re­sults, both Rochester Blue and Rochester Gold won their open­ing matches in the GMC B grade.

Gold dis­man­tled Gir­garre, leav­ing them top of the ta­ble, while Blue snuck a win over Kyabram Fire Bri­gade.

Blue bat­ted first at home, and racked up 9/150, with cap­tain Kobyn James top-scor­ing with 36.

In reply, Fire Bri­gade fell 44 runs short of a re­sult, and Stu­art Withers took five wick­ets in his four overs.

The Gold side lost the toss and were asked to bowl first by their Gir­garre coun­ter­parts.

Gir­garre’s Ash Hughes top-scored with 30, which led to the home side record­ing 105 all-out.

In re­sponse, Gold chased down the to­tal in 24 overs thanks to Will Val­laly’s ef­fort of 45 not out.

Pho­tos: Bruce Povey.

Rochy’s open­ing bowler Jake Wright storms in past um­pire Gary Lang­don.

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