Flames give United first-degree burns

February 12, 2018

In the nick of time: Cooma's Brad Power kept his cool to topple the final Moama wicket as his side clinched the points in an enthralling match.

Kyabram Fire Brigade gave Rochester United a taste of defeat for the first time this season.

With the reigning premiers entering the match with a perfect record, their biggest threat took the points in the penultimate round of the season.

The Flames had the game well poised following the first day’s play, with a rounded batting performance setting their opposition 324 for victory.

In reply United collapsed, stumbling to 107 from 39 overs.

Only opener Corey Windridge could provide some support for his side, with a solid 29 runs that began on day one.

But Mick Mattingly showed himself as the weapon that could bring Kyabram Fire Brigade a title.

In just his third game for Kyabram Fire Brigade, Mattingly systematically worked his way through Rochester United’s batting order.

By claiming 6-34 Mattingly disposed of the side’s middle order as he took four wickets during a crucial period of the game.

While United remains at the head of the ladder, Kyabram has built belief just a fortnight out from the finals.

Cooma claimed the scalp of Moama to all but ensure it earns a spot past the regular season.

Cooma is now a game ahead of fifth-placed Tongala, with stout determination helping it secure the entertaining match.

After posting 163 in the first innings, Cooma cleaned up Moama for 161 in a thrilling conclusion to the match.

With the game delicately poised at 9-161, Brad Power felled Graeme Mitchell before Moama could add to its total.

Michael Hill had yet another fantastic game, finishing with figures of 5-32, while Anthony McMahon top scored with 46 for Moama.

The result has hampered Tongala’s quest for a top four spot following the Blues’ defeat of Stanhope.

A host of Tongala bowlers rolled the arm over, with the Lions only able to make 104 runs in their pursuit of 279.

Matt Ohlsen caused all sorts of problems for Stanhope’s batsmen, ending the day with fine figures of 4-17 and Clayton Thompson’s 2-21 meant easy runs were never for the taking.

A recent run of solid form has lifted Bamawm-Lockington United to eighth position.

BLU defeated Rochester Tigers thanks to an impressive bowling performance.

Having only registered 166 runs in the first innings, BLU kept the Tigers to just 58 in reply before enforcing the follow on.

Jeremy Felmingham and Cameron Sharp were superb with the ball for BLU across the entirety of the second day’s play.

Echuca South took the spoils in the Echuca derby, with intelligent captaincy from Adam Jones leading South to an outright win.

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