Weather gods are smiling

February 02, 2018

For the first time this year, there is an assurance players will get onto the ground for round 12 of Goulburn Murray Cricket.

After being at the mercy of weather forecasts this summer, perfect conditions are in store for tomorrow’s action headlined by likely finals match ups.

Rochester United hosts Kyabram Fire Brigade as the Flames look to turn around their grand final loss to United last season.

But Fire Brigade has not toppled the leading side in the competition so far this season.

Having only played in a one-day match in round three, United won by just four runs as the Flames continue to look one of the major challengers for the title along with Moama.

But plenty has changed in the side for Fire Brigade since that initial match.

Star opener Paul Newman was absent for the game as was captain Daniel Kent, which relinquished some much needed experience from the side.

Importantly new recruit Michael Mattingly will take on a prominent role with both bat and ball, having finished with impressive figures of 2-11 against Rochester Tigers last weekend.

All signs point towards the Flames becoming an even stronger outfit heading into the finals series, as a match late in the season against United will help them prepare for the business end.

As teams struggle against the effectiveness of United’s attack, Fire Brigade has been one of the few sides able to post a reasonable score.

With the Flames’ score of 187 the second highest that has been brought up against Rochester United this year, Kent’s side is one of the few that could just knock off United for the first time this summer.

Top four sides Moama and Cooma are in an important match that could determine both spots within the top four as well as those that may fall out of title contention.

Cooma’s only option remains to win this match given Tongala’s desire to feature in the top four.

As the Blues are heavy favourites against Stanhope to gather victory from their two-day match, Cooma needs to put in a stellar performance to ensure it stays put in fourth position.

Echuca South and Echuca do battle in a derby, while Rochester Tigers will stake their claim for another win this season against BLU.

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