Clash is ready to fire up

October 27, 2017

Hot on the heels on moving from Central Park-St Brendan's, Layton McCann has already smashed two unbeaten centuries in three games for Moama.

Two of the Goulburn Murry Cricket’s premier sides will go head-to-head this weekend in a battle between first and third.

Moama, which has been led by Layton McCann, is yet to lose a game this season after three rounds, while Kyabram Fire Brigade will be looking to bounce back after its first loss of the season.

McCann has been dominant since his move from Central Park-St Brendan’s this season, smacking two unbeaten centuries in three games to average 260 runs.

Moama has so far beaten Tongala, Bamawm-Lockington United and Cooma this season, bowling all three opponents out in the process.

McCann and Darcy Elliott also lead the competition with the ball in hand, having snared a league-high number of wickets.

Fire Brigade’s Shannon O’Brien has also taken eight wickets, while with the bat, Brett Andison is the visitors’ best chance of scoring well.

The opening batsman has averaged 39 runs this season, including 10 fours and three sixes.

Second-placed Rochester United will host Echuca South in a bid to keep its unbeaten start intact.

United, along with Moama, has been in sensational form, claiming 28 wickets, while scoring 452 runs.

United has overcome BLU, Tongala and rival Fire Brigade to begin the season in brilliant style and this week it will have high hopes of making a 4-0 start against the bottom-placed South.

Echuca and BLU will do battle in a contest between fourth and ninth respectively.

Played at Victoria Park Oval, the host will have intentions of continuing BLU’s winless start to the season and Adam Jones will be hoping to replicate his form with the bat.

Jones made 81 last week against rival South and has been a prominent figure in the first three rounds, while Simon Maddox has been bowling fire, having also taken eight wickets this campaign.

Tongala will be looking for its second win when it makes the trek to play Rochester Tigers.

The Tigers are one game outside the top four, having already won twice, while the Blues’ only win came last weekend against Stanhope.

Meanwhile, Stanhope will also be on the road when it travels to face Cooma.

In a battle between sixth and seventh either Stanhope or Cooma will jump to a 50 per cent win rate, finishing with two wins in four games.

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