Bri­gade douses hot side

The Riverine Herald - - TRADE & SERVICES GUIDE - By Alex Mitchell

MOAMA’S per­fect start to the Goul­burn Mur­ray Cricket A grade sea­son is over af­ter a rain-af­fected loss to Kyabram Fire Bri­gade on Satur­day.

It was be­low its best with the bat mak­ing 182, and couldn’t take key wick­ets with the game on the line as the Flames took vic­tory thanks to the Duck­worth-Lewis method.

Moama strug­gled with the bat in its first ma­jor test of the sea­son, lim­ited to its low­est to­tal of the sea­son so far as well as be­ing bowled out for the first time.

Its in-form top or­der faced an early cri­sis, open­ers Joel Mur­phy and An­thony McMa­hon both gone for ducks leav­ing their side in a hole at 2/2.

Lay­ton McCann made a quick 19 be­fore he fell, Paul Henry (0), Kirk Teas­dale (12) and Jor­dan McGre­gor (1) all join­ing him on the side­lines soon af­ter as Moama slumped to 6/70.

It was left to Bray­den McGre­gor to steady the side, his 64 with eight fours and a six cru­cial in build­ing a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

He had help from Alis­tair McCann (32) and Ben Dock­ing (38), the trio re­spon­si­ble for 134 of Moama’s 182 runs.

Jay­den Rosin fin­ished with a tidy 3/20 from eight overs as the pick of Kyabram’s bowlers, Shannon O’Brien’s two scalps of Mur­phy and Lay­ton McCann in­flu­en­tial as well.

But early in the Kyabram in­nings it was look­ing like more of the same for Moama, with Darcy El­liott and McMa­hon each tak­ing an wicket to have the Flames 2/6.

El­liott trapped Sam Ker­shaw leg be­fore for 8 for 3/21, but Kyabram’s ex­pe­ri­enced heads sta­bilised the in­nings, Jay­den Rosin and cap­tain Daniel Kent com­bin­ing to put on 66.

Rosin went for 37 but Kent early con­tin­ued on, bat­tling through the rain de­lays to 55 not out with eights fours and a six.

His con­tri­bu­tion took the Flames to 4/114 af­ter 23 overs, enough to win via the D/L method with Kyabram in front of Moama’s po­si­tion af­ter the same num­ber of overs.

Rosin and Kent both played at a run-a-ball clip, vi­tal in keep­ing their side above the re­quired run rate.

El­liot’s 2/19 from seven overs was im­pres­sive but Moama’s in­abil­ity to take mid­dle-or­der wick­ets cost it a chance to claim a state­ment win.

The loss took Moama from the top of the GMC A grade lad­der for the first time this sea­son, the reign­ing premier Rochester United back on top af­ter a fourth win in as many games on Satur­day.

For Kyabram, it was a con­tin­u­a­tion of the form see­ing it dom­i­nate the league at times last sea­son be­fore grand fi­nal de­feat, as well as push United to just a four-run loss last week­end.

Moama has a good chance to bounce back in round five when it faces Echuca South, South yet to win a game this cam­paign af­ter los­ing to United on Satur­day. ■ More cricket news in Game On in The Riv on Wed­nes­day.

Luke Hemer.

Bad day out: It was a long walk back to the sheds for Moama opener Joel Mur­phy who was bowled for a duck.

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