New season-high score needed if Tongala is to prevail

January 13, 2017

Dylan Cuttriss made big scores for the second-placed side.

Tongala will need a mammoth effort to upset Rochester United when round nine of Goulburn Murray Cricket resumes tomorrow.

In a mark of consistency, the Blues are almost guaranteed to register a batting total of somewhere in the 130s.

The only two scores that have deviated from this are their lowest of 84 — scored twice in consecutive weeks — and their highest at 174 that secured a win against Echuca.

But tomorrow a chase of 238 awaits after Dylan Cuttriss (76) and Stephen Rasmussen (60) made big scores for the second-placed side.

Tongala openers Brendan McGrath (one) and John Copeland (two) negotiated eight overs before stumps on day one and will return with the score 0-3.

The Blues will need to up their run rate to even come close to United.

Echuca South has the chance to cause an upset against cross-town rival Echuca as it looks to move off the bottom of the ladder.

South posted 139, with opener Brad Jones top scoring on 41, despite Simon Maddox’s 4-19 wiping out a fair portion of the top six batsmen.

But while it will not be a cruisy victory, Echuca remains favourite with two wins on the trot in its sights.

Play should be brief at Moama Oval today, with the home side expected to wrap the match up early.

Bowling out Stanhope in 45 overs last Saturday, Moama is already 32 overs into its run chase.

Just 39 runs away from victory, Moama should take the points with Ben Docking settled at the crease and five wickets still at hand.

Bamawm-Lockington United helped Cooma to its total of 201 runs by dropping Max Craddock and Michael Hill, two players who went on to notch half centuries.

But with Cooma nipping at its heels to enter the top four, LBU is still backing itself to put on a big show in the chase and earn a one-game buffer over its rival.

Kyabram Fire Brigade looks certain to build upon its top position with a chase of just 169 against Rochester Tigers.

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