RED-HOT ROCHY DOUSES FLAMES
Stand-in captain Dylan Cuttriss starred with the bat and ball to help Rochester defeat Kyabram Fire brigade by 16 runs on the weekend. NEW CLUB SAVOURS ITS BIGGEST VICTORY
THE NEW Rochester Cricket Club has taken its first major scalp in GMC cricket, knocking off reigning premiers Kyabram Fire Brigade on the back of a dominant performance from Dylan Cuttriss.
In one of the best matches of the still very young season, Rochester had a close victory by 16 runs against the Flames.
A top score of 60 from Cuttriss was the catalyst for the Rochester innings, while solid contributions came from across the lineup, with five batsman scoring in the 20s.
Rochester finished on 7/212 from its 45 overs, setting a strong target for Fire Brigade to chase down.
Jake Perry was the hero for Rochester with the ball, claiming 4/42, while Cuttriss backed up his display with the bat by taking 3/47.
Some strong performances from Marx De Villers (68 runs) and Jayden Rosin (42) put Fire Brigade in a good position, but Rochester ended up with the 16-run victory to maintain its spot in the top four.
Cuttriss said the victory was important for the team as the players developed their chemistry.
‘‘I think it’s something we are always looking for,’’ he said.
‘‘You learn a lot about each other as you play, you improve as a team, and there are a few guys in the team that not everyone has spent that much time with. So the chemistry that develops when we win games is really important.
‘‘It’s big to get the win over a side as good as Fire Brigade, but we aren’t looking at individual games and saying this is a win that will be really special for the group, we are just looking at games as another match that we want to get the victory in.’’
Cuttriss, who took the reins as captain in the absence of Tim Bubb, said he took pride in leading from the front for his side.
‘‘It’s something that I’m always looking to do,’’ he said.
‘‘I didn’t go into the match thinking I’m leading from the front because of the captaincy. It’s something I am aiming to do every game. I’ve been around the sport a long time, I’ve learnt a lot about how I can play and what I can do on the field, so I want to always be a leader in the way I play.’’
Rochester hosts BLU next week.