KYABRAM Fire Brigade suffered a fatal batting collapse against Cooma in an upset Goulburn Murray Cricket round five clash on Saturday.
Coming off toppling the previously undefeated Moama in the previous round and cruising at 1/92, the Flames lost a staggering nine wickets for 46 runs to be out for 138 in 39 overs in the showdown at Kyabram’s Northern Oval.
Drew Barrett did the damage with the ball for Cooma, claiming 5/30 off nine overs. Andrew Appleton picked up 2/22 while Mitch Barrett was also able to keep the Brigade batsmen under the pump, conceding just 15 runs from nine overs.
In reply, Cooma lost five wickets but still had 4.5 overs up its sleeve when it hit the front to claim the win.
Steve Barrett, with 35, dominated an opening half-century stand with Jake Kelly before Brayden Stone, with a top score of 48 not out, and Liam Barrett (19) made sure of the win.
English imports Henty Charlton and Sam Kershaw were two of only three Brigade batsmen to get into double figures for their side in the batting surrender.
Charlton posted a half century with six boundaries while Kershaw contributed 46 with two fours and a six.
The Brigade will be looking to bounce back this Saturday against Stanhope at Stanhope.
■A surging Tongala completed a hat-trick of wins but not before some anxious moments in its clash with Lockington Bamawm United.
Batting first in the game at Tongala, BLU posted 6/166, with veteran star Greg Pearse again top scoring with 55 against his old side.
Tongala’s batsmen were able to reel in BLU’s score with just two wickets and three balls of the game remaining.
Jayden Tucker top scored for Tongala with 33 and Alex Williams contributed 31 in a vital middle-order partnership before John Copeland (20), Joel Egan (21) and Bailey Waasdorp, with a vital 11 not out, put the final nails in BLU’s coffin.
■Reigning premier Rochester United had few anxious moments securing the premiership points against Stanhope.
With Tim Bubb showing the way with a half century, Rochester United posted 4/203 and then bowled Stanhope out in 42.4 overs for 117.
Matt Evans and Brian Cowie top scored for Stanhope with 19 and 18 respectively but Stanhope couldn’t get a partnership of any substance going against the United attack.
Stanhope hosts a rebounding Fire Brigade this Saturday and badly needs a win to keep itself in the finals reckoning.
■In the other games, Moama’s prize recruits Layton McCann, with a century, and Jordan McGregor (84) figured in a 192-run stand for the second wicket to set up a win against cellar dweller Echuca South while Echuca had an easy win over Rochester Tigers.
GIRGARRE suffered a disastrous batting slump in its clash with Northern United.
At one stage 0/22 chasing United’s 8/171, Girgarre lost 10 wickets for eight runs to be out in 15.4 overs for just 30.
OPENERS Lee Kempinksi and George Hanmer were the only two Girgarre batsmen to make it to double figures in the batting disaster in which United’s Dougal McKindlay claimed 8/13 off eight overs.
■Fire Brigade, led by batsmen Ben Langley and Michael Kent, had a convincing win over Cooma.
The Flames finished their innings at 9/177. Langley showed the way with 49, which included seven boundaries, and opener Kent scored an aggressive 43 that featured eight boundaries.
With Brendan White taking 3/27 and Jack Norris and Ryan Thomson each picking up two wickets, Cooma’s batsmen occupied the wicket for just 26 overs in battling to a score of 103.
■Led by opening batsman Travis Johnstone, Tongala was able to chase down Rochester Tigers’ score of 6/150.
Tongala at one stage was struggling at 5/47 but with an unbeaten 78 from Johnstone and tailender Clayton Watson contributing 30 in a 59-run seventh-wicket stand the Blues were able to sneak home.
■In the other games, Moama defeated Echuca South while Rochester United was too good for Echuca.
FIRE Brigade allrounder Ben Gugliotti had a day out, engineering a win for his side against Northern United.
Gugliotti’s 28 was the best score in Brigade’s total of just 118 but he then struck with the ball to take 4/8, and with support from Nathan Mackison, with 3/17, bundled United out for 71 in 24 overs.
■Girgarre was set only 79 to beat Cooma and with opener Andrew Morris (34) showing the way, this target was achieved in 24 overs. Jason Varcoe picked up 3/5 in 4.2 overs for Girgarre.
■Rushworth notched a comfortable win over Rochester United on the back of a fine double from Sam Dearing.
United posted 7/173, with Dearing picking up 3/24. He then made 63, with eight boundaries, as Rushworth rounded up United’s total in 30 overs.
■Stanhope batsmen Ben Condell, with 36, and Jakye Fisher, with an unbeaten 31, steered their side home in the clash with BLU.
Fisher had earlier starred with the ball for Stanhope, with his 5/14 off 7.1 overs dismissing BLU for 89 in 37.1 overs.
■Moama had a win over Rochester Tigers and Echuca was too good for Echuca South in the other two games.
TONGALA proved too good for Fire Brigade Red despite a fighting knock from the Flames’ Andrew Stockdale.
Stockdale made 57 but got little support as the Brigade fell for 126. Tongala’s Matt Owen took 4/11 off seven overs and Jon Beach chimed in with 3/23.
Tongala, with opener Adam Neumann scoring a half century, lost just two wickets in reaching their target.
■Cooma and Girgarre forfeited their games to Rushworth and BLU respectively while Moama had an easy win over Echuca.