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Hopes head South

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February 07, 2018

Darcy Elliott of Moama appeals during the GMC A Grade cricket match between Moama and Cooma. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Brayden Stone of Cooma during the GMC A Grade cricket match between Moama and Cooma. Photo by Luke Hemer.

LAST week, Echuca South broke through for their first win of the season which it was hoped would set it up for victory over crosstown rivals Echuca.

Unfortunately, the scenario did not go according to plan.

Sent into bat, South got off to a reasonable start, with openers Luke Thompson and Hugh Nelson putting on a 31-run opening partnership.

Thompson was dismissed for 14, with Danny Lolicato joining Nelson at the crease.

The pair added twenty, before Lolicato was dismissed for six.

Nelson continued to score well, making it to 44 before he was dismissed.

With the score at 3/73, South were a possibility of putting forward a strong score.

Unfortunately, that was where the good news ended.

The team lost 7/27 for the rest of the innings to be all out for 100.

Grady Smith was the only sign of resistance late in the game, scoring 11.

Brendan Prendergast was the hero for Echuca, taking great figures of 5/42.

matthew Hinks also bowled brilliantly, claiming three wickets and bowling nine maidens in his 12 overs.

Only four overs were given to Echuca before the close of play, with Adam Jones making his best attempt to wipe the score out in that time.

He scored 21 quick runs, sending Echuca to the sheds with 0/25, trailing by just 75 runs.

■ TONGALA are looking to remain in the finals hunt and went some way to establishing that position with a strong first days play against Stanhope.

Opener Jayden Tucker and first drop Blake Campbell both made 41 for the team, before the middle order took charge.

Adam Nunn batted strongly to make 60, while Jordan Souter also contributed 50 for the side.

By the time both had been dismissed, the score had moved to 5/218.

Jamie Garde (33) and an unbeaten 25 from John Copeland added crucial late runs, taking the team to 9/279 at the closure of their innings.

Ryan Spokes-Lloyd bowled well to take four wickets, while Steven Hall had three of his own.

■ ROCHESTER Tigers produced a strong performance with the ball on the opening day of its two-day match against BLU in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday.

Guided by a five-wicket haul from Jake Wright, the Tigers were able to dismiss BLU for 166 runs, before a difficult start for their own top order.

Winning the toss and sending BLU in, a 46 run opening partnership between Josh Cairns and Paul Colbert may have had them questioning that decision.

Cairns was the first man to fall, nicking off to the bowling of Leslie Collins for 24.

Colbert batted strongly to get to 51, before he came undone at the hands of Collins, trapped leg before.

A few wickets fell soon after, with BLU in trouble at 8/98.

Shannon Bish and Jason Turner would not let the team end on a low total though.

The nine and ten put on the biggest partnership of the game, adding 58 to the team total.

Again Wright would be the difference maker for the Tigers, dismissing Bish for 21.

BLU were all out for 166, with Turner left not out on 30.

Wright’s 5/43 was the best of the Tigers bowling, while Collins 3/34 was also a strong performance.

The Tigers were given one of the toughest tasks in cricket, surviving a few short overs to finish the days play.

And as so often happens in those stages, the Tigers lost wickets.

Richard Forrest was the first man to go, dismissed off the bowling of James McPhee for just one.

Stuart Withers could also not last to the close of play, Jeremy Felmingham getting his man on the last ball of the day, the Tigers closing on 2/5.

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