Clean sweep

Kyabram Free Press - - SPORT | NEWS - By Gus Un­der­wood

Cap­tain Michael Hill was in­stru­men­tal in Cooma’s round one win against Ba­mawn-Lock­ing­ton United.

CRICKET games aren’t usu­ally won by teams in which only two bats­men reach dou­ble fig­ures but Cooma proved an ex­cep­tion when Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket launched its new sea­son last Satur­day.

Stand­ing out like bea­cons on the Cooma score­sheet were skip­per Michael Hill and ris­ing tal­ent Ethan Palma-Lude­man, who com­bined to post a match-win­ning Cooma score in the clash against Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton United.

Hill, who strode to the wicket when Cooma was 1/7 af­ter win­ning the toss and bat­ting, re­mained at the wicket while per­son­ally con­tribut­ing 96 runs and while the home side added 173 runs.

The se­cond last man to fall in Cooma’s score of 8/198, Hill slammed 12 fours and a six off 121 balls in a 136-minute dom­i­nant oc­cu­pancy of the bat­ting crease.

But only teenager Ethan Pal­maLude­man of­fered him any sup­port with the bat, crack­ing 53 off 54 balls with seven fours.

Cooma was 4/59 when Pal­maLude­man joined his cap­tain at the crease and this pair added 116 for the fifth wicket to lay the foun­da­tion for Cooma’s 19-run win.

Vet­eran Greg Pearse with 67 tried hard to get his side over the line with the bat but Hill com­pleted a fine all-round dou­ble on the day with 4/29 off 7.4 overs. With fel­low bowl­ing spear­head Brad Power tak­ing 3/30 off eight overs Cooma was able to bring off the win with the ball for the home side.

Cooma meets an­other first round win­ner, Echuca, at Echuca this Satur­day.

Reign­ing premier Kyabram Fire Brigade didn’t have too many anx­ious mo­ments col­lect­ing first round premier­ship points in its clash with Echuca South at Kyabram’s North­ern Oval.

The Flames were more than happy with the de­but ef­forts of im­ports Marx De Vil­liers and Dale Shaw in pulling off a seven-wicket win.

De Vil­liers opened and made 22 while Shaw looked con­fi­dent enough mak­ing 14 as the Flames rounded up South’s score of 73 in 16.4 overs for the loss of three wick­ets.

Shaw also picked up a wicket as first change bowler but it was open­ing pace­man Brodie Un­win with 3/27 and Mick Mat­tingly with 3/10 who did the most dam­age with the ball for the Brigade.

Fire Brigade hosts Ba­mawm Lock­ing­ton in the se­cond round this Satur­day.

Ton­gala opened the sea­son with an im­pres­sive nine-wicket win over Moama.

The open­ers — new skip­per Darin Ohlsen with a half cen­tury in al­most even time and Jamie Garde, back with the club from Eng­land for an­other sea­son and fin­ish­ing with an un­beaten 27 — went within two runs of round­ing up Moama’s score of 92 by them­selves.

Olsen had a good match, also pick­ing up 3/7 with the ball with his off spin­ners. He re­ceived plenty of sup­port from new coach Dan Coombs with 3/22.

Ton­gala will be look­ing for an­other win this Satur­day when it trav­els to Echuca South.

In the other game, even the com­bined forces of the former Rochester United and Rochester Tigers weren’t enough for new club Rochester to get over Echuca, who were only five wick­ets down cov­er­ing the home team’s score of 132.

B grade

STAN­HOPE made a win­ning re­turn to the B grade ranks of Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket on Satur­day with a 29-run win over neigh­bour Cooma.

A 35-run open­ing stand be­tween Wade Fo­ley (35) and Steve Hall (21) fol­lowed by a top score of 42 from Tom Hep­burn and handy con­tri­bu­tions of 26 from Craig Em­mett and Matt Evans re­sulted in Stan­hope post­ing 7/157.

In re­ply Cooma was 0/45 at one stage when Bai­ley Bell (37) and Sam Spicer (25) were in con­trol but af­ter they fell it was a strug­gle for runs for the visi­tors against the Tom He­burn-led Stan­hope at­tack.

The sixth bowler used, Hep­burn bagged five wick­ets for only 16 runs to tip the game back in Stan­hope’s favour.

Fire Brigade came up well short against Rochester Blue de­spite a fine all­round ef­fort from Rikki Busch.

With 4/30 Busch was able to help re­strict Blue to a get­table 9/150 be­fore open­ing the in­nings for the Brigade and mak­ing 27. But he only got any worth­while sup­port from Ryan Thom­son, who top scored with 28 as the Flames fell for 106.

Gir­garre also didn’t start the sea­son in the man­ner it had hoped, be­ing bowled out for 105 in 30.2 overs by Rochester Gold.

In re­ply Gold lost only two wick­ets in claim­ing the win.

Ash Hughes with 30 put up the most re­sis­tance of the Gir­garre bats­men.

In the other games, Ton­gala for­feited to North­ern United, Moama skit­tled Echuca South for just 25 while Echuca ac­counted for Ba­mawm-Lock­ing­ton.

C and D grade com­pe­ti­tions com­mence this Satur­day.

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