South suffers sour season

February 28, 2018

Brendan Prendergast of Echuca during the GMC A grade cricket match between BLU and Echuca. Photo by Luke Hemer.

IT’s been a pretty disappointing season for Echuca South in Goulburn Murray Cricket.

The side could only manage one win and one draw throughout the season.

Along that route were 10 losses, as well as a second innings loss to cross town rivals Echuca to fully rub salt into the wounds.

Their season ended Saturday with yet another loss to Rochester United.

United resumed play at 1/55, Jordan Garrett could add just three to his score, dismissed for 36 when he was caught off the bowling of James Larcombe.

Sean Williams would contribute four to the score before Larcombe took his second wicket, with the team at 3/87 when Jesse Cuttriss joined his captain Tim Bubb at the crease.

The two would both score freely, adding a 115 run partnership to the total, before Cuttriss departed as Ky Hodson’s second wicket for the innings for a strong 51, United now 4/202.

New man Brodan Evans was not able to replicate that form, falling the very next ball for a golden duck with Hodson taking a magnificent caught and bowled, before the number 202 striking again. This time it was Bubb who went, run out for a strong 90.

Matt Coghill (3) and Mark McFarlane (6) would add small amounts to the innings, but the match was essentially over.

Angus Martin watched the innings ending around him, remaining not out without troubling the scorers.

With the score on 8/211, the innings and match was called, United taking a first innings win.

Hodson would be the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 42 runs, while Larcombe and Luke Thompson would each claim two.

South would finish a full win behind ninth placed Stanhope and eighth placed BLU, bringing the curtain down on a disappointing season.

■ While the story of the round was Moama’s loss, this would not have been possible without a strong victory from Tongala, who jumped ahead with a win over Rochester Tigers.

THE Tigers were set a total of 288 for a final victory of the season, following a strong 88 from Darin Ohlsen and half centuries from Adam Nunn and Joel Regan the weekend prior.

Brandon Byrne opened alongside captain Jake Wright, though his captain did not remain in the game for long, falling to the bowling of Matt Ohlsen for four.

Ohlsen wasn’t done there though, taking Marcus Mckern for a golden globe.

Byrne could only manage a score of seven, with the Tigers in early trouble at 3/16.

The partnership of Richard Forrest and Travis Gillin took the responsibility to change the team’s fortunes, digging in to post a 50-run partnership and beginning to stabilise the innings.

The partnership came unstuck on 66, when Forrest nicked one off Adam Nunn for 25.

After all their good work, two runs later Gillin was out also for 30, the Tigers now 5/68.

Fraser Cleary could not add to the scoreboard, dismissed for a duck soon after.

Jake Toll became the last line of resistance for the Tigers, remaining at the crease until the final wicket, while his teammates fell around him.

Harrison McPhee added a handy 10, but was unable to go on to a bigger score, his dismissal seeing the Tigers in serious trouble at 7/86.

Leslie Collins (7) and Ray George (1) could not add much to the score and when Toll went for 20, the game and season were over for the Tigers, while Tongala were headed to the A grade finals.

■ With the 13 rounds of the regular season over, attention now turns to the final four.

Both semi-finals will be played across two days, as opposed to the two-weekend format throughout the season.

After their stunning ascent into the top, Tongala’s prize is a date with Rochester United in Rochester.

United have been close to unstoppable throughout the year, losing just the one game against Kyabram Fire Brigade.

That result saw Kyabram take second spot on the ladder, which earns them a home final against Cooma.

Cooma have snuck under the radar to an extent this year, finishing the season with nine wins and four losses.

B grade finals will also take place, with Northern United playing host to Cooma at Bunnaloo Oval, while Fire Brigade hosts Moama.

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