MOAMA’S sensational form continued in Thursday’s round of Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 action.
Against an Echuca South side whose season can only be described as poor, Moama was never in trouble after dominating with both bat and ball on its way to a seven-wicket win.
Two preliminary games into the T20 competition it has been unchallenged, winning with 10 and then nine overs to spare.
South was on the back foot right from the start; Lachlan Harbinson was clean bowled by in-form bowler Anthony McMahon just two balls in.
James Harney, coming off a strong 43 from the previous week’s T20, fell cheaply as well, before McMahon bowled Hugh Nelson (1) and had Danny Lolicato (0) caught to have South reeling at 4/14.
Shanaka Silva’s job was to put up some resistance. He stuck strong while wickets fell at the other end and got the score moving with a couple of boundaries.
But Joseph Hamilton was caught off the bowling of Rhiley Lau, joined back in the sheds by Dylon Haimes who was also caught without scoring.
At 6/29, captain Brad Jones joined Silva in the middle and the pair set about restoring some respectability to the scoreline.
Silva fell for 13 but Shaun Haffenden continued the job with Jones, getting South to 83 before Haffenden went for a quick 16, including three fours.
South batted out the 20 overs, Jones remaining unbeaten on 30 from 35 balls the only reason it didn’t cop even more of a pasting.
McMahon was the clear standout with the ball, his 3/11 from four overs putting Moama on the right track from the jump.
With the bat, Moama faced some early hiccups with Lau (5) and Joel Murphy both caught off Haffenden to leave it 2/6.
South had a sniff of an unlikely win, but that was ripped away from it by a bulldozing innings Twenty20 import Brayden Stepien.
Coming off 30 from 10 balls against Echuca in round one, he started exactly where he left in that game by belting the South bowlers all over the park.
He whacked five fours and four sixes on his way to 52 from just 25 balls. He was caught eventually from Silva’s bowling but left his side in a position of certain victory at 3/73.
Layton McCann and McMahon knocked off the rest of the runs, McCann finishing unbeaten on 28 from 24 balls as Moama won with nine overs and seven wickets to spare.
Haffenden finished with figures of 2/13 from 2.5 overs, James Larcombe also with tidy figures of 0/11 from three.
■A SECOND half-century in as many T20s from Mathew Chasemore helped Bamawm-Lockington United take down the Rochester Tigers on Thursday evening.
Batting at number three, Chasemore was called into action early after William McArthur was caught for two, and dealt well with the Tiger bowlers.
Chris Smith got among the action too, his 29 contained three fours and two sixes before caught from Jake Toll’s bowling.
At 2/47, Chasemore pushed on and got support from Mark Ryan who made 21.
Chasemore fell soon after making his 50, Ryan the last to fall as BLU finished with a solid 5/128.
The Tigers put themselves in a good position, but the regular loss of wickets throughout the chase meant it was left to the tail-enders to try and get the side across the line.
But the task was too much, finishing five runs short from the 20 overs.
Shannon Bish was crucial with the ball for BLU in the win, with 3/23 from four overs.
Chasemore and Jason Turner each took two wickets.
■BATTING dominance led Leitchville-Gunbower to make it two from two in this season T20 competition.
LG bashed 6/172 from its 20 overs and excelled with the ball to limit Echuca to just 111 before it was bowled out 18 overs in.
It meant LG will head through to the semi-finals with its perfect record in tact.
■IN THE final game of the round, Rochester United had a brilliant century from Jordan Garrett to thank for a 33-run win against Cooma.
The import’s 100 guided United to 6/176 from 20 overs, Cooma batting well and only losing four wickets but falling well short.