A MASTERCLASS from Dylan Cuttriss has led Rochester United to its seventh straight win of the Goulburn Murray Cricket season. In just his second game of the season, the gun opening bowler tore through Echuca’s top-order as United easily defended its total of 223.
Resuming the day at 9/223, the United innings was quickly wrapped up as Matt Hinks bowled tail-ender Mark McFarlane. But disaster struck early for the visitors as key batsman Brendan Prendergast was caught behind off Cuttriss’ bowling, four balls into the innings without scoring.
Adam Jones and Hinks dug in as they tried to see off the new ball. Between them they scored just 13 in 70 balls, before a double strike for Cuttriss, who bowled both in quick succession to rout Echuca at 3/19. It would take a serious fightback to get into the game, the fourth-wicket partnership between Echuca captain Shaun Hon and Simon Maddox vital to the side’s hopes.
THEY added a patient 24 but it wouldn’t last as Sean Williams got in on the act, Hon caught for nine to leave his side 4/43.
And as it looked as if Maddox and Chris Hinks were starting to find their feet, Cuttriss struck again. Maddox was trapped leg before while Hinks was caught to round out his five-wicket haul.
Williams took over to clean up the tail with four wickets of his own including that of Charlie Hinks who fought his way to 24.
Echuca eventually was bowled out for 115, more than 100 runs short.
■TONGALA pulled off another thrilling win to make it five straight victories and move into the GMC top four.
It bowled Kyabram Fire Brigade out for 130, a strong fightback from the Flames after being 7/69.
Adam Nunn proved a massive problem for the Kyabram top order, tearing it apart with four of the first five wickets.
Jamie Garde was also big with the ball, going for just 11 runs and picking up a wicket in seven overs.
Tongala made a great start with the bat as Darin Ohlsen and Jayden Tucker put on 47 for the first wicket.
Ohlsen went first, leg before for 19 and was followed soon after by Nunn caught for four.
Tonny steadied and was 2/93, before the game was turned on its head as it lost four wickets for three runs.
Tucker (36) was caught, Garde bowled (19) by Shannon O’Brien, then Jordan Souter and Matt Ohlsen both went for ducks.
Blake Campbell (10) stepped up with Joel Regan (11) to steady the side and move it to 118, where both players fell to leave it eight down and still needing 13 runs.
But John Copeland was equal to the task, his 10 not out steering Tongala to the important win.
The five consecutive wins have rocked Tonny up the table and it is now a realistic hope of making finals. But first it will have to deal with third-placed Cooma in a two-day game this weekend.
■BAMAWM-LOCKINGTON United couldn’t chase down Stanhope’s 165 in Saturday’s clash.
Essentially a one-dayer after the first day of play was washed out, BLU sent in its opponent who started well through Matthew Evans (28) and Daryl Harrison (23).
But Alex Heaton was the star of the show with 54, driving his side towards the competitive total.
Cameron Sharp was the best of the BLU bowlers with 3/24.
And United was on the back foot early as the top order was torn apart by Nav Gill and Cameron Smith, at one stage languishing at 4/19.
Greg Pearse led the fightback with an unbeaten 53 but he lacked support, BLU eventually bowled out for 131.
■COOMA took the points against Echuca South after bowling the winless side out for 117.
Having been set 8/252, South struggled from start to finish with only Joseph Hamilton (48no) providing serious resistance.
Michael Hill and Mitch Barrett each took three as Cooma cruised to the win. It started a second innings and was 5/81 when play ended.