Flames edge out Tongala

Kyabram Free Press - - SPORT - By Gus Un­der­wood Daniel Kent of Kyabram Fire Bri­gade.

KYABRAM Fire Bri­gade pricked rather than burst the Tongala bub­ble in the bat­tle of Goul­burn Murray’s top two sides last Satur­day.

Re­duced to a one-day game af­ter a wash-out the pre­vi­ous week, the Bri­gade’s de­ci­sion to in­vite Tongala to bat in the game at Kyabram’s North­ern Oval proved a win­ner.

The vis­i­tors were un­der pres­sure from the start and with only two bats­men mak­ing worth­while con­tri­bu­tions were bun­dled out in 44.1 overs for just 127.

The wick­ets were well shared by medium fast bowlers led by Dale Shaw, who picked up 3/19 off nine overs.

Shan­non O’Brien, Mick Mat­tingly and Tom Hol­man kept the wick­ets top­pling with two each.

Opener James Garde, who is en­joy­ing a good sea­son, held his ground for a while to con­trib­ute 27 off 56 balls but Callum Clayton, who top scored with 32 off 61 balls made the only other worth­while con­tri­bu­tion to the Tongala score.

In re­ply, Flames open­ers Justin El­liott (28) and Mark De Vil­liers (29) fig­ured in a 54-run stand to set up the win, which was fin­ished off by skip­per Danny Kent.

The Flames were bat­tling a bit at 5/103 in re­ply af­ter a spirited Darin Ohlsen-led fight­back but Kent’s un­beaten 37 off 32 balls sealed Tongala’s fate.

Left arm off spin­ner Ohlsen picked up 3/34 off nine overs to be the pick of the Tongala bowlers.

Fire Bri­gade travels to Ba­mawm this Satur­day to take on BLU while Tongala will look to get back on the win­ning list when it hosts the win­less Echuca South.

Rochester bowlers led by Dy­lan Cut­triss and Myles Wade suc­cess­fully de­fended the team’s medi­ocre score of 136 against Cooma.

Re­sum­ing on Satur­day at 3/65, sev­eral Cooma bats­men got a start but fell to the Cut­triss and Wade on­slaught with the ball.

Ethan Palma-Lude­man, with 20, put up the most re­sis­tance with the bat for Cooma who had no an­swer to Cut­triss, who fin­ished with the out­stand­ing fig­ures of 5/30 off a marathon 31 overs, or Wade whose 10.1 overs pro­duced al­most as deadly fig­ures of 4/22.

Cooma hosts Echuca in the next round start­ing this Satur­day.

A dev­as­tat­ing spell of bowl­ing from Darcy El­liott de­liv­ered Moama a hand­some win over BLU.

De­fend­ing the for­mi­da­ble score 314, the Moama bowlers, led by El­liott, skit­tled BLU in 42.3 overs for just 107.

The new ball bowler sliced through the BLU with a burst of 6/29 off 12.3 overs.

Only opener Nathan Neville (54) and Ja­son Turner (42) made it to dou­ble fig­ures in the BLU bat­ting sur­ren­der.

In the other games Echuca’s score of 197 was too much for Echuca South, which re­sumed at 4/44 and was out for 135, of which Luke Thomp­son made a fight­ing 82. B Grade Big-hit­ting Cooma bats­man Bai­ley Bell opened his shoul­ders again on Satur­day to de­liver a big win for his side over Moama.

Bell blasted a breath­tak­ing 186 off 172 balls in 331 min­utes as Cooma, who re­sumed at 1/18 chasing Moama’s 157, posted 291.

Bell came to the crease when Cooma was 1/2 and dom­i­nated stands with Ma­son Scopelitti and Ben Squires. He was at the bat­ting crease while 240 runs of Cooma’s to­tal of 291 runs were scored. He hit 30 fours and three sixes.

It was his sec­ond cen­tury for the year, hav­ing made 139 against BLU and 89 against Echuca South ear­lier in the sea­son.

Gir­garre notched its first win for the sea­son over Echuca South.

Re­sum­ing at 0/18 chasing South’s 114, open­ers Lee Kempinksi (34) and Mick Coyne took the score to 63. There were some anx­ious mo­ments when Gir­garre dipped to 5/88 but Jack Mor­ris (30) and a stand be­tween Wade Sum­mers (23) and Rhys Fe­bey (20 not out) de­liv­ered the vic­tory.

Big-hearted bowler Jar­rod Chapman starred with the ball for Fire Bri­gade in its win over Echuca.

The Flames stal­wart took 6/20 off 16.1 overs as Echuca fell in 50 overs for just 89.

In a one-day game Stan­hope looked to be cruis­ing at 1/73 chasing BLUs 9/153, but col­lapsed af­ter opener Steve Hall fell for 47 and was all out for 104.

Hall and Craig Em­mett had put on 44 for the open­ing stand af­ter Em­mett had claimed 4/25 in BLU’s in­nings.

Rochester’s Gold tally of 209 Fire Bri­gade, led by Zac Cer­rone, posted a mas­sive 8/421 in a big win over Cooma.

On the Kyabram Sec­ondary Col­lege oval, Cer­rone smashed 15 fours and 10 sixes on the way to mak­ing 135 off just 67 balls.

Cer­rone and Chris Eddy, who hit 11 fours and two sixes in his knock of 71, shared a sec­ond wicket stand of 227 af­ter the Flames were 1/4.

Bren­ton Shep­pard also hit out big time with 57 that fea­tured five fours and five sixes, while Paul Bu­goss with 48 with five bound­aries and four sixes also kept the phe­nom­e­nal run rate up.

Cooma was re­stricted to 9/148 with Ky Briggs the top runget­ter with 43.

Rush­worth had an easy win over neigh­bour Stan­hope, bun­dled out in 31.2 overs for 78. Rush­worth rounded up this score in 15.5 overs for the loss of four wick­ets.

Gir­garre re­stricted BLU to 7/122 and replied with 5/128 while North­ern United de­feated Echuca Green, Echuca ac­counted for Moama and Rochester saw off Echuca South. D GRADE Opener Adam Neu­man com­piled 78 as Tongala eas­ily de­feated BLU, held to 7/165 with Craig Wick­ham tak­ing 3/5.

Kyabram Fire Bri­gade White lost just two wick­ets cov­er­ing Cooma’s score of 7/115 with open­ers Liam Dil­lon (50) and Shan­non Flem­ing (37) putting on 85.

Rush­worth for­feited to Fire Bri­gade and Moama ac­counted for Echuca in the other two games.

The St Aug’s cro­quet team with Ray­lene McDon­ald.

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