Blues battered and bruised

January 16, 2017

United’s Jake Perry stunned the Blues.

Rochester United showed no mercy as it tore through Tongala’s batting line-up twice in Goulburn Murray Cricket action on Saturday.

United’s Jake Perry (4-29 and 4-19) and Dylan Cuttriss (6-18 and 2-27) stunned the Blues, as Tongala was unable to make triple figures in each of its innings.

Chasing 238 at Rochester Recreation Reserve, the Blues fell under the pressure of facing one of the competition’s heavyweights.

Perry was responsible for removing opener John Copeland (21) and captain Adam Nunn (12) cheaply in the first innings as Tongala collapsed without a staying presence at the crease.

Once Copeland was removed, the scoreboard read 6-44 with the final four wickets falling for just nine more runs.

A six-wicket haul from Cuttriss came after shouldering a heavy workload, bowling more than half of the 42 overs Tongala survived.

The second innings had Tennyson Tinning help the tail wag as Tongala reached 82.

Tinning’s 20 and Jack Goode’s 31 made them the only Blues to crack double figures as United’s bowling attack finished off its opposition in 29 overs for outright points.

Bamawm-Lockington United battled hard against Cooma, but was unable to match the 201 its opponents set.

Captain Josh Cairns was impressive with 41, pushing through after losing opener Luke Bish early in the innings.

Cairns formed a solid partnership with Luke Deeprose (36), with the duo steadying the innings with a 49-run stand.

While James McPhee and Greg Pearse were handy with the bat, the remainder of the side collapsed with the combine all out for 127.

Mitch Barrett was the pick of the bowlers with 4-33, as Cooma finished on 4-44 in its second innings.

Moama was steady as it chased down Stanhope’s first innings total of 143.

Solid contributions throughout the innings had the side declare at 7-195 after 62 overs, with Jack Russell and Ben Docking each notching half centuries.

Stanhope’s top order fell cheaply in the second innings, resulting in the side finishing the second day’s play 9-148.

Echuca could only muster 87 in reply to Echuca South’s 139, with Jayden Rosin taking 4-13.

Kyabram Fire Brigade Andrew Kent fell agonisingly short of a century, caught one shy of triple figures.

Despite the frustration of being out on 99, Kent’s brilliant knock helped the Flames easily account for Rochester Tigers.

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