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