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Mitch a major glitch for Brigade

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January 30, 2017

Well on his way: Umpire Terry Thomas signals six runs to Manoj Vemula as the Rochester United batsmen went on to post 85.

Cooma’s Mitch Barrett was the hero for his side in a spectacular bowling performance that helped stun Goulburn Murray Cricket powerhouse Kyabram Fire Brigade on Saturday.

After six straight victories, the Flames were unable to reach the 181 Cooma set as Barrett was at his potent best.

Barrett took 5-15, including six maidens, in a man-of-the-match performance.

He fittingly claimed the final wicket of Chris Cleveland to grant Cooma victory.

Michael Hill also finished with 2-19 at Girgarre Oval as AJ Woodland showed some fight for Kyabram with a knock of 38.

Manoj Vemula has been unlucky not to notch up a century this season.

The Rochester United star brought up 80 against the Tigers in November and at the weekend came that bit closer to three figures.

Taking the pitch chasing Moama’s 112, Vemula strode to the crease at 2-48 and made a quick-fire 85.

Vemula was in control of the innings as an able support cast had Tim Rasmussen (27 retired), Tim Bubb (28) and Gareth Oakley (22) made valuable contributions.

Moama’s Clay McGregor finished with 2-25 as Todd Murphy also snared two in a match where Rochester United claimed a win against a fellow top four side.

Rochester Tigers’ Adam Ward put on a clinic against Echuca in his side’s pursuit of 219.

Ward’s shots were coming straight from the middle of the bat as he racked up 160, in his second highest career score.

He posted 173 not out when opening for the Tigers again against Echuca in 2009.

Not to be discounted was his teammate’s outstanding century, Jake Wright got in on the action with an unbeaten 100.

With scores so supreme, it was unsurprising the Tigers tore past Echuca to post 7-336.

Tongala gave itself the best chance of defeating Stanhope, but was unable to capitalise on a strong start from its bowling attack.

Stanhope was in trouble at 4-43 as Jorge Maxwell, Bailey Worcester and Brian Cowie lost their wickets for a combined six runs.

But Nick Bulcock (65 not out) and coach Michael Coad (68) steadied the ship for Stanhope to go past Tongala’s 186 in 61 overs.

A hard-fought match from Echuca South helped it secure victory against Bamawm-Lockington United.

United created a first innings lead, but after declaring at 3-80 in the second innings was unable to go onto victory.

Back-to-back 50s in each innings to South captain Jayden Rosin was influential in steering his team to the win.

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