THE MATCH of round 12 in Goulburn Murray Cricket between Rochester United and Kyabram has not disappointed after the opening day’s play.
Rochester United remains undefeated and on top of the table, unlikely to move from that spot any time soon.
The match was instead a test for third-placed Kyabram Fire Brigade.
The Flames have been on a four-game winning streak, with the side now on level points with second-placed Moama.
A victory for the Flames would strengthen their shot at a top-two finish, with a showdown against Moama looming.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Kyabram got off to a flying start.
Opening pair Paul Newman and Henry Charlton scored quickly for an 89-run opening partnership.
The key man in the early stages, Newman, was the first man to fall, run out for an impressive 67.
Sam Kershaw joined Charlton at the crease, with the pair keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
The side had moved to 127 when Kershaw became the first victim of Myles Wade, trapped in front for 11.
New man Brett Andison was able to take a back seat early in his innings as Charlton continued to score freely.
Like opening partner Newman, 67 proved to be his undoing when he was caught and bowled by Sean Williams, with the Flames 3/178.
Andison was not around for much longer, cleaned up by Williams just one run later.
Michael Mattingly and Anthony Andronaco were able to put together a partnership, so when Andronaco went for 28, the Flames were already in a commanding position at 5/216.
But they weren’t even close to being done.
Daniel Kent joined Mattingly, the two adding 70.
Kent took the lead in the partnership, dismissed for 48, his team now 6/286.
Boom mid-season recruit Mattingly was out a run later for 35.
Jack Donnell joined Jayden Rosin, though the two could only add five before Rosin’s dismissal.
A 31-run partnership with new man Shannon O’Brien came to an end with Donnell out for 10.
Brodie Unwin was run out a run later, ending Kyabram’s innings at 324 off 80.5 overs.
■ MOAMA’s bowlers have put in a strong performance on day one of their match against Cooma.
Off the back of two draws and looking for a win to solidify their top two hopes, with third-placed Kyabram looming next round, Moama looked to put themselves in the driver’s seat before next week’s second day’s play.
For Cooma players, fourth spot is theirs by just six points, with Tongala in fine form and looking for the last spot in the finals.
Winning the toss and batting, Cooma openers Brayden Stone and Andrew Appleton made a quick start.
Stone got to 39, before he was run out by Jordan McGregor with the score on 58.
First drop Michael Hill joined Appleton, but failed to trouble the scorers.
Nor did number four Liam Barrett; both men dismissed with the team on 71.
New man in Brad Power played a role in steadying the ship for Cooma, adding 26 before being dismissed, Cooma falling to 4/108.
With the middle order struggles around him, Appleton was able to stay steady, crafting an innings to bring up his half century.
He made it to 54 before Layton McCann struck, Cooma struggling at 5/135.
Ethan Palma-Ludeman joined wicket keeper Samuel Langley, but the two could only add 17 before Palma-Ludeman was on his way.
The scoreboard didn’t move before Langley was in the sheds as well, Cooma now 7/152.
Tom Holman and Wil Jackson put on 10, before Holman found his way back to the pavilion.
New man Mitch Barrett was close behind him, while Drew Barrett joined him, both for nothing, with the team adding just one run to be all out for 163.
Layton McCann led the wicket takers in the game, taking 3/16 off 11 overs.
But the highlight with the ball was Ben Docking, who took 1/4 off his nine overs, including a stunning eight maidens.