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.
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.