February 14, 2018

ECHUCA SOUTH had the opportunity to claim a second win.

And to do it over their crosstown rivals.

Unfortunately, they weren’t able to do so.

Echuca has claimed its round 12 match over Echuca South in a second innings win.

Bowling South out for 100 in the opening week of play, Echuca chose to declare 7/156, setting up the possibility of a second innings win for maximum points.

South were sent back in on the final day, looking for an opportunity to minimise the damage.

Dylon Haimes was the star for South, making a strong 42.

But this was the only resistance from South.

The side were skittled for the devil’s number — all out for 87 — leaving Echuca with just 31 to get to claim maximum points.

Echuca chose the all guns blazing attack on the score, taking the win in just over five overs for a maximum points win.

■ THE weekend also had a negative result for Moama.

After suffering a number of unforced draws, the side sat second on the ladder, tied with Kyabram and desperately trying to sure up a home finals birth.

It was a weekend where things could not have possibly gone worse for the side.

Kyabram stunned the competition by ending Rochester United’s undefeated streak.

But at home, Moama were unable to defeat Cooma, leaving the side third, tied with fourth placed Cooma on points.

The side were set to chase a total of 163, when things got off to a bad start when Jordan McGregor was dismissed for four runs.

Anthony McMahon would not let the chances of a top four finish go quietly, setting about winning the game for Moama by scoring a strong 46.

But five wickets to Michael Hill went a long way to keeping Cooma on top of the game.

Moama were in serious trouble at 8/118 when number 10 Graeme Mitchell came into bat.

Mitchell made his own attempt to save the game, making a strong 40 to get the side to 8/161.

Within the space of a couple of balls, the final two wickets had fallen, leaving Moama all out for 161, two runs shy of Cooma.

The loss opens up the season, with Cooma taking on Stanhope in the final round vying for third spot.

Tongala is only six points outside of the four, facing off against Rochester Tigers in the final game.

Moama may have the toughest task of all teams, travelling to Kyabram to take on the white Fire Brigade, with their season potentially on the line.

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