Cut­triss carves up Cooma to save the day for Rochester

Dy­lan Cut­triss in ac­tion for Rochester. He took five Cooma wick­ets to play an in­stru­men­tal role in Rochy’s nar­row vic­tory.

Campaspe News - - SPORT - By AN­DREW JOHN­STON

THE BOWLERS were the cat­a­lyst in both games in­volv­ing lo­cals on Satur­day.

Dy­lan Cut­triss was the de­stroyer for Rochester with five wick­ets.

While Moama’s Darcy El­liott stole the show as BLU fell to pieces.

Chas­ing 314, it was al­ways go­ing to be an up­hill battle for BLU, and the side dropped an early wicket.

In a po­si­tion they could re­cover from eas­ily at 1/4, El­liott took the game into his own hands.

Joseph Hamil­ton was gone for a duck. James McPhee fol­lowed. Then Luke Deep­rose. Nei­ther had trou­bled the scor­ers. Nathan Neville was the shin­ing light, mak­ing 54 for his side, but El­liott took him out as well.

Shan­non Bish was gone for a duck soon af­ter, as El­liott raised the ball.

The fi­nal light for BLU was Ja­son Turner, who made 42.

But when he found him­self on the way back to the pav­il­ion, his team was all out for 107 and at se­ri­ous risk of drop­ping the game in a two-in­nings de­feat.

El­liot had taken 6/29, one of the best in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances of the sea­son for a bowler, to set his team up for vic­tory.

And with barely the time to ask each other what just hap­pened, BLU were back at the crease.

And El­liott was ready to go, knock­ing over open­ers Josh Cairns and Neville in quick suc­ces­sion.

But with McPhee mak­ing 27 and Deep­rose un­beaten on 29, BLU were able to avoid the em­bar­rass­ment of a two-in­nings de­feat — just.

Clos­ing play at 8/82, BLU would have to look back at this as one of their worst re­sults in re­cent times.

At the Cooma Recre­ational Re­serve, the ball was also do­ing the talk­ing.

This time in the hands of Rochester veteran Dy­lan Cut­triss.

With Rochy un­der­per­form­ing on the open­ing day of play, scor­ing just 136, the bowlers had a fair bit of work to do.

Cut­triss dis­missed both open­ers — Stephen Bar­rett for 30 and Sa­muel Lan­g­ley for 12 — to start the in­nings for Rochester.

He added recog­nised bats­men Ja­cob Kelly (11), Ethan Pal­maLude­man (20) and An­drew Ci­avarella (0) to his haul as Rochester rolled Cooma for 117 to nail another win.

The vic­tory locks Rochester into the top four, while BLU’s re­cent form has seen them slide out of the top end of the ta­ble.

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