MOAMA isn’t panicking after its first loss of the Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade season came at the hands of Kyabram Fire Brigade on Saturday.
Rain had a big hand in proceedings, the Kyabram innings halted after 23 overs with the Flames given the win via the Duckworth-Lewis.
But despite his side falling at its first major hurdle of the season, Moama coach Adam Luckman said there wasn’t much to worry about from the performance.
‘‘We always knew it was going to be a topsy-turvy game against Kyabram Fire Brigade,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re a quality side and a quality club, so it was never going to be easy to tackle them even though we went in with three wins.
‘‘It’s no big deal for us and we’re quite happy with the start to the season. The only frustrating thing was the interruptions throughout with the rain. That’s the disappointment. We went in all guns blazing but so be it, you don’t win flags in the first four weeks.’’
Moama’s reliable top order had a major misstep, with three of the top five recording ducks. Brayden McGregor made 64, but it was the impressive fightback from the lower order and particularly Alistair McCann (32) and Ben Docking (38) that caught the eye.
‘‘We already knew we had batting depth, and we’ve got that even in B and C grade as well; we’re lucky and fortunate in that regard,’’ he said.
‘‘Everyone has been hitting them really well in the nets, but the only thing is making sure we keep our momentum. That means the lower half also getting a chance to bat, but being a one-dayer they normally get maybe five or six overs instead of 20 overs in a two-dayer.
‘‘We put a big emphasis on it, so I’m pleased they showed that on the weekend.’’
Moama again found early wickets to have Fire Brigade 3/21, but experienced pair Jayden Rosin (37) and Daniel Kent (55*) proved too strong and won their side the game.
‘‘They’re quality players those two and they’ve got our total respect,’’ Luckman said.
‘‘We know Kyabram’s calibre and ability, and maybe we need to think differently next time we play them.
‘‘We’ve got Echuca South this week, so it’s a good opportunity to bounce back and to focus on our goals.’’