Cooma stay in finals hunt

By Kyabram Free Press

COOMA has kept itself in finals reckoning thanks to disciplined knocks from Steve Barrett and Liam Thorne in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday.

Barrett made an unbeaten century and Thorne 88 as Cooma reached 6/202 after the visitors had resumed the day at 2/32, chasing Echuca South’s moderate score of 128.

Barrett played a controlled innings, facing 167 deliveries and piercing the boundary nine times and going over it once in his superb knock of 100 not out.

Thorne who resumed on 17 not out faced 250 deliveries in his determined knock of 84 not out. He hit three fours.

The pair put on a stand of 175 runs for the third wicket in their matchwinning knocks.

Cooma now faces Rochester this Saturday to try and keep on finals pace.

●Reigning premier Rochester scored a comprehensive win over Kyabram Fire Brigade to continue its march towards finals.

Resuming at 3/32 chasing The Flames’ disappointing score of 82, Rochester pushed its score to 6/176 off its 80 overs, highlighted by an unbeaten knock of 81 from Charlie Ryan.

Ryan occupied the crease for 133 minutes and faced 111 deliveries. He hit 11 fours and one six.

Rochester lost five wickets in covering Brigade’s score with opener Waugh George doing the best of the frontline batsmen, taking his score from 24 the previous week to 44.

But the Ryan knock was the clincher for Rochester who are now looming large again over the premiership puzzle after some indifferent displays earlier in the season.

Robert Salter was the pick of the eight bowlers used by the Brigade, taking 3/28 off 19 overs while Kane Herbert, who picked up 2/20 off 11 overs, was the only other multiple wicket taker.

The Brigade hosts Tongala in a one day clash this Saturday.

●Tongala had no anxious moments collecting the premiership points against BLU, dismissing the visitors for 132 in reply to the home team’s total of 207 on the opening day.

The Tongala wickets were well shared with spearhead Adam Nunn picking up 3/29, Josh Thurston 3/23, Matt Ohsen 2/25 and Daniel Coombs 2/25.

●In the remaining game Moama got a big fright from Echuca.

Resuming at 2/17 in pursuit of Echuca’s moderate score of 121, Moama scrambled home by six runs with its last two batsmen at the wicket.