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.
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 runs was never threatened by Tongala, dismissed in 49.3 overs for 103 on Saturday.
In the other game Rochester Blue could make only 126 chasing Northern United’s 204.
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.
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.