GOULBURN Murray Cricket (GMC) suffered an unfortunate end to a promising week when it was beaten by Central Gippsland Cricket Association in the semi-finals of Melbourne Country Week.
After winning all three games leading into the finals against Seymour DCA, Warragul and District and Ferntree Gully and District, GMC was bundled out one step short of the final.
The team was heavily dominated by Kyabram Fire Brigade and Moama players – mainly due to player unavailability throughout the competition – and they showed the GMC is more than competitive with other Victorian Cricket Associations.
GMC coach Lawrie Casey said the last half an hour of his side’s bowling innings is what cost them the semi-final.
“We had actually done really well up until then, we had them about 200 or so and then I think we went for 35 off the last three overs so that put us back a fair way,” Casey said.
“From there we never really got too much momentum unfortunately and were always chasing the game.
“Sammy Kershaw (Fire Brigade) and Alistair McCann (Moama) batted really well but we left a little too much to be done at the end.”
Casey said Paul Newman’s innings’ of 93 on day one and 122 not out on day two were “pretty special” despite being given a few chances.
“They dropped him a few times and a missed stumping and what not but once he got those he just did what he does and made them pay,” Casey said.
Casey also said Rochester United’s English import Jordan Garrett impressed him.
“The way he was able to hit the gaps with just some really nice cricket shots showed he can really play,’’ Casey said.
“We probably just needed one more bowler who could hit that off stump line and tie the batsmen down a little bit – if we had that I think we could’ve gone all the way.”
Paul Newman, Daniel Kent, Anthony Andronaco, Sam Kershaw, Henry Charlton, Jayden Rosin and Shannon O’Brien were the Kyabram players to take part in Melbourne Country Week.