The big guns are coming out to play, and play hard

December 08, 2017

Jordan McGregor of Moama during the GMC A grade cricket match between Echuca South and Moama. Photo by Luke Hemer.

THE wait for the Goulburn Murray Cricket match of the season will end on Saturday as Moama heads to Rochester to try and take down United.

Almost 140mm of rain washed out day one but with sun planned for this weekend the teams will square off in a rescheduled one-dayer in Rochester.

Both teams’ form is stellar, but the reigning premier hasn’t missed a beat this season with seven straight wins.

It’s won games missing key personnel, but looked ominous in a 108-run demolition of Echuca in round seven.

And in last Thursday’s Twenty20, the side posted 6/176 with a terrific ton from Jordan Garrett.

But Moama hasn’t been too far behind.

With only one rain-affected loss so far this season, it’s emerged as the clear contender.

A remarkable seven batsmen have made half-centuries this season, but its bowlers have been just as impressive, with Anthony McMahon (14 wickets), Darcy Elliott (11), Layton McCann and (10) Ben Docking (9) leading the way.

The key showdown will pit Moama’s top-order batsmen against Rochester’s strike bowlers; if Dylan Cuttriss and Sean Williams get on top as they did against Echuca, it’s tough to see Moama making a winning score.

■TONGALA has surged from 0-2 to 5-2 and enters the weekend’s clash with Cooma as one of the competition’s form sides.

It’s worked into the A grade top four and can further cement that position by beating third-place Cooma, winner of its last four.

The batting has been balanced but no-one has been better than Jayden Tucker with good scores in his last five knocks.

But there are plenty of dangermen for Cooma, none more so than captain Michael Hill with 194 runs and 14 wickets this season.

■ECHUCA has plenty to play for against Kyabram Fire Brigade at Victoria Park.

After losing its last two against the competition’s leaders, it’s lost touch with the top four and prospects of finals are fading.

It will need to knock off the Brigade to stay in touch, no easy feat playing last season’s grand finalists.

Echuca will need a lift from experienced stars like Adam Jones, Brendan Prendergast and captain Shaun Hon for a batting improvement.

■BARRING a tie, one of Echuca South or Bamawm-Lockington United will leave Saturday’s clash with their first win of the season.

Highlights for the sides have been few and far between, but the weekend’s clash in Bamawm will end one side’s losing streak.

■THE final game of the round will see the Rochester Tigers host Stanhope.

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