Easy as ABC for flames

March 14, 2018

Kyabram Fire Brigade celebrate the dismissal of Rochester opener Corey Windridge in the Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade grand final.

KYABRAM Fire Brigade was the dominant club in Goulburn Murray Cricket this season.

Not only did the Flames claim the A grade premiership, it also secured the honours in A, B and C grade, as well as in under 16’s and under 14’s.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

■ IN THE B grade grand final on Saturday, the Flames won the toss and chose to bat against Cooma.

It wasn’t the ideal start for the team, with Michael Kent dismissed for four early in the innings.

Corey Carver was the hero for the flames, finishing with an unbeaten 42.

His teammates also made contributions, with Trevor Watts making 29.

At the close of the 40 overs the Flames had made 4/135.

For Cooma, the pick of the bowlers was Andrew Ciavarella with figures of 2/39.

With ball in hand, it was the Rikki Busch show.

The Flames bowler starred with 6/28, as his side limited Cooma to being all out for 71.

Ciavarella again provided the resistance with the bat, scoring a tidy 19.

Unfortunately, only two of his teammates could join him in double figures.

When Ciavarella fell to Busch, Kyabram had claimed the B grade title.

■ JUSTIN Elliott would be the hero for the the Flames in C grade.

A century earlier in the season saw him promoted from D grade to C grade and another century would see him become a C grade premiership player.

Elliot made 108 of his teams 192 runs, in a performance that put the game in doubt for opponents Moama early.

In fact, Moama couldn’t beat his score as a team.

Only three wickets would fall for Kyabram, with no bowler able to take more than one wicket, Kyabram 3/192 at the close of their innings.

Glenn Albert attempted to be the hero for Moama with a strong 30 runs, but his individual effort was close to a third of his whole teams score.

Ryan Thomson delivered four wickets with the ball, while Matt Fleming had three of his own.

Moama crumbled under the weight of the required total to be all out for 99 off 34.3 overs to hand the Flames a third premiership of the season.

■ MOAMA were again unlucky in the D grade grand final, though this time, it was Rushworth who walked away with the title.

With Moama batting first, the worst possible start happened.

Both openers found themselves back in the pavilion in the early stages of the game, neither able to trouble the scorers.

The pressure fell onto the shoulders of Jack Russell and Darren McKenner to carry their side to a strong total.

Fortunately, both men were able to do that.

McKenner was dismissed for 44, while Russell was forced to retire with injury on 52.

The digs were able to carry Moama to a respectable score of 131.

Regan Hanson and Ryan Patten were both able to claim three wickets a piece.

When Rushworth went to the middle, it was a whole team performance.

Sam Dearing was the top scorer for the side with 31, while Zac Dearing made 29.

In the end, the total was not enough for Moama, with Rushworth chasing it down with ease inside 30 overs.

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