Twin half centuries lead Moama to victory

By Brayden May

MOAMA'S road to redemption is gaining momentum in Goulburn Murray Cricket and its batsmen are leading the charge.

On Saturday against Bamawm-Lockington United, Anthony McMahon (52 runs) and skipper Jack Russell (57 runs) both scored half centuries to guide their side to 258, surpassing the home side's first innings total of 169.

And Moama's win ensured it remains two games clear of fifth-placed Rochester.

“We put ourselves in a great position when we bowled them out on day one,” Russell said.

“It was great to get the win especially with Rochy beating Cooma because it leaves us in a good position especially with the break just around the corner.

“On a personal level I'm glad I was able to contribute but a lot of the credit needs to go to "Tony" (Anthony McMahon).

“He's been in some terrific form this year which has helped us to win a few games.”

Moama will have the opportunity to widen the gap between themselves and the reigning premiers starting this weekend, with the two sides set to face off.

“It's going to be an exciting game, that's for sure,” Russell said.

“We beat them earlier in the year so we've got the confidence to do it again. But they are a good side so we will need to be at our best.”

●ECHUCA South is on a high after they won their first game of the season against local rivals Echuca.

Despite Echuca taking first innings points on day one, South made the most of their opportunity to bat again scoring 7/225 off 45 overs.

South then ramped up their efforts with the ball, dismissing Echuca for 138 in 32 overs.

●A DOMINANT bowling performance has seen ROCHESTER keep pace with the top four, after they defeated COOMA.

From the very first ball, Rochester didn't allow any of Cooma's batsmen as Jack Norris top scored for the home side with 26 runs.

For Rochy, Angus Martin and Dylan Cuttriss were the most prolific bowlers with three wickers apiece.

Meanwhile, Myles Wade and Sean Williams both took two wickets.

●KYABRAM Fire Brigade have underlined their status as one of the teams to beat this season following their victory against TONGALA on Saturday.

Brenton Campbell starred with the bat for KFB, although he will be kicking himself for the next week at least after he fell three runs short of a century.

Despite reaching Tongala's score of 213 with three wickets to spare, Campbell struggled to find a consistent partner with Jesse Barker the next best batsman on 38.

Darin and Matt Ohlsen were the only multiple wicket takers for Tongala.