Top bats fail: Moama bowlers rout Echuca for 82

November 13, 2017

Anthony McMahon of Moama celebrates a wicket during the GMC A grade cricket match between Moama and Echuca. Photo by Luke Hemer.

MOAMA has continued its dominant start to the Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade season with a comprehensive victory at the expense of Echuca.

After striking with a wicket in the very first over on Saturday, Moama never really looked challenged on its home ground, wrapping up Echuca’s innings in just 33 overs and only requiring 14 of their own to take the points.

The game started poorly for Echuca with Curtis Townrow falling for a duck in the first over in his first game of the season.

Mitchell Frew and Matthew Hinks were able to add 31 to the score, but never looked comfortable, with a number of runs coming from half chances for Moama.

The dismissal of Frew sparked a major collapse for Echuca, with seven wickets falling for just 24 runs.

This period compounded a struggling day at the crease for the whole side, with five players failing to score and only four reaching double figures.

Alistair McCann was the chief destroyer for Moama, claiming three wickets — each individual for a duck — while only giving away 15 runs to the score sheet.

Peter Wilson and Kieran Hogan provided some last wicket resistance, combining for a commendable partnership of 27, before the dismissal of Wilson brought an end to Echuca’s innings on 82.

Ben Docking fell for a duck early in the Moama innings, but it didn’t damage his team’s run chase.

Layton McCann, fresh off century number three for the season, scored a commanding 51 off 44 balls, including 10 boundaries to put the match beyond doubt.

When McCann was dismissed on 51, the side had reached 80.

Jordan McGregor, who made an unbeaten 22, was joined by Joel Murphy.

The pair made quick work of the final runs, finishing on 3/86, with 31 overs to spare.

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