MOAMA’S absolute hiding of Tongala has highlighted the return of the Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade season.
The Mowers couldn’t have asked for anything more in round one, posting a huge total of 4/249 with thanks to an unbeaten 132 from Layton McCann before their brilliant bowlers tore the opposition apart to win by a staggering 210 runs.
The win sent Moama straight to the top of the A grade ladder, a fitting result for such a dominant performance.
Matt Ohlsen made an early breakthrough to get rid of Brayden McGregor cheaply (13) and Anthony McMahon fell reasonably cheaply (15), but McCann took over from there with a sensational knock.
He hit 16 fours and two sixes, helped well from the other end by Kirk Teasdale who chipped his way to 55.
Needing a massive response to chase down the huge total, it was anything but from Tongala, three wickets down in the blink of an eye as Darcy Elliot and Anthony McMahon tore through the top order.
Jayden Tucker, Rhys Behrens and Adam Nunn all fell for ducks, and after Jordan Souter and Blake Campbell were dismissed trying to steady the innings, it was all over for Tongala as the quicks demolished the entire line-up.
McMahon finished with brilliant figures of 6/10 from nine overs, Elliot strong as well with a tidy 3/9.
■ECHUCA has also made a strong start to the season, chasing down Stanhope’s 149 all out for a round one win.
Simon Maddox was strong with the ball, carving through the lower order with 5/24 to put his side in the box seat.
Stanhope fought on well to be 6/121 but lost late wickets cheaply to put little pressure on the batting line-up.
Echuca made a strong start 49 for no loss before Adam Jones went for 27.
But they were in a great position, Brendan Prendergast (46) and Matt Hinks (41 not out) getting their side in a winning position at 1/117.
They cruised across the line with plenty of overs to spare, a positive start for last year’s seventh-placed finishers.
■KYABRAM Fire Brigade has made a successful start as it looks to make amends for last season’s grand final start.
Having made 4/216, the Flames were well poised for the win after taking early wickets, Echuca South 3/7 and on the ropes.
But skipper Brad Jones steadied the ship, partnering with Luke Thompson to get to 3/99, moving well towards chasing down the strong total.
Fire Brigade had the answers though with a quick 4/10 to take control of the game, South 7/109 with its chances dwindling.
There was little fight left, the Flames wrapping things up with the total at 132 for a good win.
■ROCHESTER Tigers’ season has got off to a winning start after a strong display from the top order batsmen.
Jake Wright led the way with 79, but there were many contributors for the Tigers with Richard Forrest (30), Adam Ward (30) and Travis Gillin (23) all chipping in as they posted 188.
The Cooma bowlers put up a fight, Brad Power’s 4/13 huge in keeping his side right in the contest.
Cooma started well to be 0/38 but suffered an almighty batting collapse, losing eight wickets for four runs to be 8/42.
The tail wagged to reach 92 but the damage was done, the Tigers cruising to a well-deserved win.
■BAMAWM-LOCKINGTON United couldn’t get the job done against reigning premier Rochester United, falling by 44 runs.
United posted a shaky total of 9/139, unable to kick on from a strong position of 4/120.
English import Jordan Barrett impressed on debut for United with 53 runs, captain Tim Bubb also steady with 26 runs.
BLU got a positive start from captain Josh Cairns (26) but the wickets fell around him and the side couldn’t build partnerships for long enough to track down the target.