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