ON THE BOARD
Square leg umpire Brad Jones agrees with Rochester wicket-keeper Steve Rasmussen’s appeal for the run out of Moama’s Matt Fyfe in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday.
ROCHESTER Cricket Club heads into this week’s game against a resurgent Tongala full of confidence after recording its maiden win as a new club on Saturday in Goulburn Murray Cricket.
Following round one’s disappointing loss to Echuca, Rochester set about rectifying aspects of its game ahead of the round two clash with Moama.
It seemed to work as Rochy comfortably chased down Moama’s total of 161 — the new club’s first win since the merger of Rochester United and Rochester Tigers prior to the start of the 2018/19 season.
A 101-run opening stand from Corey Windridge (63) and Brandon Byrne (32) was the key as Rochester passed the required runs for the loss of just four wickets.
But it was not only the batsmen who deserve praise. Rochester capitan Tim Bubb was quick to recognise the work of his bowlers in restricting Moama to a gettable target on a flat wicket at Moama Recreation Reserve.
‘‘Our opening bowlers Liam Ringin and Dylan Cuttriss got us off to a great start,’’ Bubb said.
A great start indeed with Moama opener Brad Jones dismissed second ball of the innings for a duck, caught by Bubb off the bowling of Ringin.
‘‘It took them (Moama) I think 20 overs to get 40 runs so we were able to build a lot of pressure on their batsmen early,’’ Bubb said.
‘‘The pitch was really flat. We only took six wickets and they only took four wickets so it was tough to get wickets. We just had to restrict the runs as best we could.’’
Bubb was delighted to notch up a win after such a poor showing in round one.
‘‘We weren’t at all happy with the way we played in our last game.
‘‘We knew we had to do a lot of things better and we talked about putting that into action before this week’s game.’’
Having a batting talent such as Windridge back in the side also helped.
Rochester opener Corey Windridge on his way to 63 in the side’s first win of the season against Moama.