Undefeated Goulburn Murray Cricket ladder leader Rochester United continued on its merry way in the competition’s final round of one-day matches on Saturday.
United lost the toss and was forced to bowl first against Cooma, but when Dylan Cuttriss (2-34) and co were let loose the home side staggered to 5-65.
It was only a 55-run partnership between Liam Barrett (42) and Sam Langley (40 not out) that gave Cooma’s total respectability as it reached 6-136 from 45 overs.
United began slowly, reaching 2-25 before Tim Bubb (43) and Sean Williams (49) put together a 90-run stand to take the sting out of the game, with the premiership favourite eventually reaching the required total with five wickets and more than eight overs in hand.
Kyabram Fire Brigade and Tongala ensured Cooma finds itself in a logjam on the ladder, with all three occupying third to fifth with 72 points apiece.
The Flames needed just 29.1 overs to chase down Bamawm-Lockington United’s 8-148 for the loss of just two wickets, with Sam Kershaw’s 55 not out in a winning side the highlight of the contest.
The Blues had a tougher clash at Tongala Recreation Reserve, with Echuca batting first and compiling 6-140.
Adam Nunn’s unbeaten 53 guided the home side to success in 34.3 overs, backing up his outstanding performance with the ball of 2-15 from nine overs.
Former Central Park-St Brendan’s stars once again ran riot for Moama against Stanhope.
Jordan McGregor snared 4-34 to help reduce Stanhope to 8-71 before a lower-order fightback had the home side post 138.
The total was no match for Layton McCann though as the big-hitter smashed 64 from 50 deliveries to continue his outstanding form with the bat.
McCann averages 75.3 (527 runs) from nine A-grade matches this season, and has also smashed 104 runs at 52 in Twenty20 fixtures.
Rochester Tigers defeated Echuca South by nine wickets in just 11 overs in the final match of the round.