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Blues will be determined to grasp their chance

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December 15, 2017

Goulburn Murray Cricket approaches its final one-day matches for the season tomorrow.

While there is plenty of room for reshuffling in the top four of the ladder, the number of teams in the running for finals has dwindled.

Tongala in fifth is just outside the top bracket, but only percentage is stopping the Blues from ousting Kyabram Fire Brigade for fourth.

For teams lower than Tongala, the situation is more dire.

Echuca slipped further away from contention after losing against the Flames in a five-wicket loss last weekend.

Now 18 points out of the running, Echuca meets the Blues in a crucial match for both sides’ chances.

A loss would all but spell the end of Echuca’s slim hopes, while Tongala would stay in touch.

The Blues had a stirling run during the middle of the season winning five straight games before being felled by Cooma last weekend.

But there is no option for Matt Ohlsen’s side other than to win given Kyabram Fire Brigade lines up against Bamawm-Lockington United.

The Flames are destined to record a convincing win against BLU, sure to keep their opposition to a reachable score via the class of Jack Donnell, Brodie Unwin and Shannon O’Brien with the ball.

Moama could not quite get over the line against Rochester United, but the challenge will stand it in good stead for the last match before the Christmas break.

With Stanhope next in line, Moama is expected to produce a solid showing against the lowly ranked side.

But Steven Hall will have other plans, hoping to give the Lions a strong start at the top of the order.

Cooma and Rochester Tigers do battle with Cooma looking to make sure it is not the side that might make way for Tongala.

Buoyed by an important win against the Blues last week, Cooma looks set to notch its sixth victory in a row tomorrow.

The other match is between Rochester Tigers and Echuca South.

The seven-placed Tigers have a lot to offer with the bat, while South has to post a large total to be any chance.

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