Action heating up

January 19, 2018

Kyabram Fire Brigade opener Paul Newman continues to build an innings for his side, hoping to again get the Flames off to a positive start against Rochester Tigers tomorrow.

It seems Rochester United will not be the only thing bringing the heat this weekend.

Weather conditions this season have been extreme to say the least, with tomorrow looking no different as temperatures are set to soar, with the mercury forecast to reach 43°C in some parts of the region.

Goulburn Murray Cricket by-laws state that if the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts the temperature to exceed 40°C at 5pm today, all matches will be called off.

With just six points separating fourth place from second, teams have begun their last push towards finals.

United will look to continue its dominance when it hosts Tongala, who is knocking on the door of finals contention.

Stanhope and Echuca South will be looking to get back on the winners list when they face each other at the Stanhope Recreation Reserve, with the Lions’ game last week resulting in a draw due to rain.

Stanhope’s Cameron Smith collected two wickets before the heavens opened, while South’s Shaun Haffenden made 41 with the bat.

Adam Jones will be hoping to continue his form after a solid half-century last week as Echuca looks to upset Cooma.

Cooma is coming off a big win against Rochester Tigers, as it chased down 66 in just 22 overs.

The Tigers will be in for another tough match this week when they play Kyabram Fire Brigade at home, with opening batsmen Paul Newman and Henry Charlton in red-hot form.

Newman and Charlton belted 70 not out and 45 not out, respectively, last week as they chased South’s total of 122 with ease.

Tasks do not come much tougher in GMC than for Bamawm-Lockington United this week when it faces second-placed Moama.

Moama is fresh off a draw with Tongala after a downpour of rain left its main oval soaked.

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