Stars up for season showdown

March 02, 2018

Jordan Garrett (Roch Utd) in BLU and Rochester United's round one meeting

Flaming hot: Kyabram Fire Brigade opener Paul Newman continues to build an innings for his side, hoping to again get the Flames off to a positive start against Rochester Tigers this weekend.

Michael Hill.

Adam Nunn

The semi-finals

Rochester United v Tongala

at Rochester Recreation Reserve.

When: Saturday, March 3 and

Sunday, March 4 at 12.30pm.

So far this season

Round two: Rochester United 3/122 (J Garrett 46 S Williams 35no) def Tongala 8/119(cc) (J Tucker 52 S Williams 3/11 L Ringin 2/22 M McFarlane 2/31).

Round 11: Rochester United 9/144(cc) (D Cuttriss 40 T Rasmussen 39no D Ohlsen 2/27) def Tongala 71 (B Campbell 34 MB Wade 3/14 J Perry 2/8).

Kyabram Fire Brigade v Cooma

at Northern Oval, Kyabram.

When: Saturday, March 3 and

Sunday, March 4 at 12.30pm.

So far this season

Round five: Cooma 5/139 (B Stone 42no SR Barrett 35 J Chapman 2/19) def Kyabram Fire Brigade 138 (H Charlton 51 S Kershaw 46 D Barrett 5/30 A Appleton 2/22).

Rochester United

This season: 1st

Last season: 1st

Key players: Jordan Garrett: The Englishman has scored 461 runs opening the innings at an average of 35.46. His top score of 120 in round eight against Moama came a week after a century against Cooma in a Twenty20 match. His form since the Christmas/New Year break has been patchy but a commanding 108 for the Goulburn Murray Cricket representative side at Melbourne Country Week last month shows he is ready to help his team complete a hat-trick of premierships.

Dylan Cuttriss: Had a late start to the season but has been lethal when firing on all cylinders. The competition’s top strike bowler for a number of years took 5/40 against Echuca in round seven and a devastating 4/13 against BLU in round 10.

Kyabram Fire Brigade

This season: 2nd

Last season: 3rd

Key Players: Paul Newman: Other players may boast more consistency, but there’s no denying Newman’s power hitting can turn a game in an instant. His 67 against top team Rochester United in round 11 was instrumental in helping the Flames inflict the reigning premier’s first defeat of the season. He immediately followed that with scores of 93 and 122no at Melbourne Country Week in his two innings for the GMC rep side.

Mick Mattingly: A late season recruit, Mattingly could be the X-factor in this year’s finals series. In the four matches he has played, he has already taken 15 wickets at an incredible average of 7.07 with the highlight being 6/34 against top side Rochester United. He’s pretty handy with the bat as well with an unbeaten half-century to his name already.


This season: 3rd

Last season: 2nd

Key players: Stephen Barrett: The middle order batsman’s form leading into the finals has been superb. In his last three visits to the crease, he has scored 35, 98 and 140, the last of them coming in the final round of the home-and-away season against Stanhope. Boasts an average of 43.17 this season.

Michael Hill: The all-rounder can quickly turn a game with bat or ball. Has 24 wickets to his name to date, including 5/32 against Moama in round 12 and is coming off a century with the bat in the last round.


This season: 4th

Last season: 10th

Key Players: Adam Nunn: Goulburn Murray Cricket’s A grade cricketer of the year has been instrumental in lifting his side off the bottom of the ladder this season. With three half-centuries in the last four matches and 16 wickets for the season at an average of 10.63 (his best being 4/20 in round seven against Kyabram Fire Brigade) and it’s obvious why he is regarded as one of the best cricketers in the competition.

Matt Ohlsen: With 17 wickets under his belt at an average of 16.00 (4/17 his best in round 12 against Stanhope), Ohlsen forms a lethal opening bowling combination with Nunn that helped the Blues qualify for the finals on the last day of the regular season. He could have a big say in which side reaches the grand final this season.

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