Ah McCann, you’ve done it again

The Riverine Herald - - GAME ON SUMMER - By Alex Mitchell

MOAMA all-rounder Lay­ton McCann has lit up Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket’s A grade in his first three games back in the com­pe­ti­tion.

A fort­night on from an un­beaten 132 against Ton­gala, McCann was at it again in the week­end’s clash with Cooma, fin­ish­ing with a huge 124 not out to help his side to a third straight win.

Dis­missed just once in three games, he is now av­er­ag­ing an un­be­liev­able 260.

Joel Mur­phy of­fered bril­liant sup­port in the round three game, mak­ing 90 him­self as the pair put on a stag­ger­ing 195 runs for the sec­ond wicket.

Moama posted a huge to­tal of 3/257 off its 45 overs, a tar­get Cooma never looked like chas­ing down as they crum­bled for a pal­try 111.

Darcy El­liott con­tin­ued to take early wick­ets with 2/17, open­ing bowl­ing part­ner An­thony McMa­hon also grab­bing an early scalp to put Cooma on the back foot.

But it was McCann, and his brother Alis­tair, who stepped up. The pair took the last six wick­ets of the game — Lay­ton fin­ish­ing with mag­i­cal fig­ures of 4/14.

McCann was pleased with his form, but more so the strong team bat­ting right down the or­der through the first three games.

‘‘It’s been good. The team’s go­ing re­ally well and play­ing some good cricket,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s go­ing all right. I’ve had a bit of luck early in those in­nings but I’m see­ing them pretty well.

‘‘Joel (Mur­phy) com­ing back has been re­ally good, Paul (Henry) the new cap­tain and the Mc­Gre­gor broth­ers, it’s look­ing pretty good.’’

The McCann broth­ers are from Moama and have played with Cen­tral Park/St Bren­dan’s in the Hais­man Shield in re­cent years. Lay­ton hasn’t played with Moama for five sea­sons.

Ex­cited by the side’s bowl­ing, McCann said the early form meant lit­tle in the long term if it couldn’t be repli­cated against the top sides.

‘‘It’s been good with Darcy (El­liott) and An­thony McMa­hon start­ing us off. There’s a lot of depth with our bat­ting and bowl­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘Hope­fully (we can make a fi­nals run), but we’ll be tested when we face Fire Bri­gade and United. Af­ter that we’ll re­ally see where we’re at.’’

Luke He­mer

A CLASS APART: Lay­ton McCann smashed a cen­tury for Moama against Cooma. Photo:

WORLD BEATERS: Seth Blade, Hugh Boyd (St Kilda), Jayda Gold­ing, Mitchell Wick­ham and Ma­son Gold­ing are all smiles.

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