MOAMA proved too strong for the Rochester Tigers in Saturday’s Goulburn Murray Cricket, wrapping up a comfortable first-innings win even after a rain-interrupted day one.
The Tigers started day two at 4/36 and had captain Jake Wright stand up with 42 runs, but they couldn’t handle Moama all-rounder Ben Docking who came up with five wickets.
He had Wright caught before adding the cheap wickets of Jake Toll (4), Adam McPhee (4) and Mitch Crawford (0), finishing the innings with an impressive 5/31 from 11 overs.
The Tigers were bowled out for 128 and wouldn’t have liked their chances of defending the total against Moama’s talented batting.
And Moama coach Adam Luckman said Docking’s bowling was a huge boost to the team.
‘‘Especially with Darcy Elliot, Jordan McGregor and Alistair McCann out, it was great to have Ben step up and take five,’’ he said. ‘‘He’s a quality all-rounder and he produced the goods for us, so he got a massive pat on the back from me and he’s taken a great deal of confidence from it.’’
Moama’s chase wasn’t all smooth-sailing after important batsmen Docking (12) and Layton McCann (16) went fairly cheaply, but Anthony McMahon proved dangerous at the other end with a strong 53.
He had help from Brayden McGregor (31), with Kirk Teasdale’s 26 not out seeing Moama across the line with four wickets to spare. It batted on, eventually finishing 47 overs at 6/158.
Remarkably, McMahon’s half-century made him the seventh different player in as many games to pass the milestone, a brilliant show of batting depth.
‘‘I’m really happy with it, the best part of our 11 is the balance; number five could really bat at three, and the other way around,’’ Luckman said.
‘‘Someone is always able to produce for us, and the best bit is the way they mentally prepare for it, and then come out and deliver. It’s great as a coach to see the side coming into form heading into the Christmas period, and to see most of the batsmen get some runs and spend some time in the middle.’’
The form couldn’t come at a better time with undefeated Rochester United to come this Saturday. The reigning premier has looked just as good in the new campaign, with its tremendous bowling line-up starting to get back to its devastating best. ‘‘The way we have to approach it is the same as the Kyabram Fire Brigade game; they’re a fantastic side that’s been up the top for a long time so we go in giving them the utmost respect,’’ Luckman said. ‘‘We have to go in with more than just a Plan A, and to make sure their best players are the number one guys we are targeting.’’