MOAMA cruised to victory against Echuca to mark the start of the Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 season.
It was smooth sailing for the surging Moama side which had Echuca rattled right from the outset.
Brendan Prendergast made a gallant 40 to steer Echuca in the right direction but he had little support, with only one teammate making it out of single figures.
The run rate was always a problem, only managing 7/82 from the 20 overs, with only three boundaries for the entire innings.
It was another impressive bowling display from Moama with six different wicket takers and a run out for the seven wickets.
And with the bat there were little problems, Brayden Stepien belting 30 runs from 10 balls in a damaging display.
He hit three fours and two sixes in his dynamic cameo, falling with the score on 36 after being bowled by Simon Maddox.
Paul Henry fell for 13, run out by Jack Evans, but Layton McCann and Joel Murphy knuckled down to get the side across the line with more than 10 overs to spare.
■A STRONG display from Cooma’s top order sent Echuca South to another disappointing defeat in round one T20 action.
Michael Hill belted 64 runs, with youngster Ethan Palma-Ludeman also producing in a big way with 49.
Kyle Winter-Irving also chipped in with an unbeaten 20 and it took Cooma to the massive score of 5/162, James Larcombe the clear pick of the South bowlers with 4/8 from four overs.
South got the start it was looking for in a daunting run chase, with a 66-run opening stand before Lachlan Harbinson was bowled by Winter-Irving for 43.
James Harney (43) stayed strong as wickets fell around him, the South innings falling apart quickly with the loss of six wickets for 24 runs.
It eventually fell 37 runs short, finishing on 7/125 from 20 overs.
■LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER won a thriller against Bamawm-Lockington United to get its T20 campaign off to a positive start.
BLU set a total of 9/127, Mathew Chasemore’s 54 the pick of the batsmen with only Shannon Bish also getting to double figures.
And LG chased it down with just four balls to spare, only losing three wickets in an impressive chase.
■IN the final game of the round, Rochester United had an easy win against the Rochester Tigers.
The Tigers were ripped apart with the bat, bowled out for 58 from 14.1 overs. United chased the target down in eight overs, only losing one wicket in the process.
■Check out Wednesday’s GAME ON liftout for a wrap of the weekend’s cricket.