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

Campaspe News - - SPORTS - By AN­DREW JOHN­STON

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.

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