Top two set for stoush

December 08, 2017

Layton McCann has been in scintillating form this summer for Moama and earned selection in the Victorian squad to contest the National Country Cricket Championships.

While the top sides in the competition will not see the best of each other during a two-day game, a limited overs match will present valuable information for after Christmas.

After last weekend’s Goulburn Murray Cricket matches were called off last Friday because of rain, this round has reverted to one-day fixtures.

Rochester United and Moama contest a fiery clash between the two best sides in the competition, with top spot up for grabs.

Unbeaten United is 12 points ahead in first position, but Moama is on par in terms of talent.

The enticing match will put the best bowling attack in the league against Moama, which boasts the strongest batting line-up.

Rochester United has taken 63 wickets this season, the most in the league as teams fear Sean Williams, Dylan Cuttriss and Mark McFarlane.

But Moama will thrive on the challenge of meeting the best in the competition, with every chance of handing United its first loss of the season.

Layton McCann has been in scintillating form this summer, reflected in his inclusion in the Victorian squad to contest the National Country Cricket Championships.

McCann has already notched up three centuries this season and is central to the side’s chances.

If a first versus second match was not enough for the round, a blockbuster between Tongala and Cooma awaits.

The pair join Moama and Rochester United as finals contenders and a win would do wonders to keep them ahead of Kyabram Fire Brigade.

The Flames are knocking on the door of the top four, still hopeful of being able to head into its fifth consecutive grand final.

But in taking on Echuca, Fire Brigade is far from heading into the match as clear favourites.

Echuca remains within finals reach with six rounds left.

With six contenders still a chance of making the post-season, even the bottom four sides in the competition have an even chance of enjoying a win this weekend.

Rochester Tigers host Stanhope, with the Lions hoping to carry momentum from its win against Bamawm-Lockington United.

The final match of the round leaves Echuca South to battle BLU as South fights to avoid its first wooden spoon since the 2012-13 season.

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