Echuca pays the penalty as the Magpies year starts taking off
IT WASN’T just the lights that made the mood at Victoria Park on Saturday night.
The quality of the match may have played a role as well.
Moama improved their record to 2-2 for the 2018/19 on the back of some strong batting from Anthony McMahon and Alistair McCann.
Moama president Kirk Teasdale said after his club started the season 0-2, they needed to respond in order to build some momentum, and avoid having to get the job done late in the season as they did in the 2017/18.
Moama also suggested they would want to be batting first in order to avoid the night.
Fortunately, Echuca saw it the same way, sending Moama in.
Things started poorly, with Paul Henry out for a duck, and his team at 1/1.
Jack Russell — playing just his fourth game of A grade since the 2016/17 season while he recovered from his knee reconstruction — kept McMahon company for some time, adding 19 of his own.
After McMahon was dismissed for 42, the middle order had something of a collapse.
From 3/67, the Magpies were soon 5/77.
A few 20 plus sores in the middle order kept the game ticking over, before McCann entered and belted six fours and two sixes for a 42-ball 57.
With an unpredictable evening of cricket ahead, the Magpies left the field with a score of 9/208, giving Echuca a lot of work to do.
With Echuca’s top three combining for just 35 runs, the bulk of the work fell on number four Anthony Dennis, who dominated with 79 of his own.
But by the final few overs, Echuca were in trouble.
When Chris Hinks fell for nine, his team were 6/128, leaving the bottom four chasing 80 runs.
They dug in deep, running on every shot and desperately trying to put as many runs on the board as they possibly could in the closing overs, adding a further 50 to the score.
But it wasn’t going to be enough, Echuca taking their first loss for the season and Moama moving to within striking distance of the top four with a 31-run win.
Moama’s Jack Russell played just his fourth game of A grade since the 2016/17 season.
Echuca’s Shaun Hon pictured during the GMC A grade match against Moama. Photos:
Moama’s Anthony McMahon dominated with 42 runs on Saturday.