Curveballs highlight GMC round 12 action

By Andrew Johnston

ROUND 12 of Goulburn Murray Cricket threw a number of curve balls to the competition.

Tongala has taken top spot on the ladder after handing Kyabram Fire Brigade a second straight loss.

Moama's reign at the top of the competition has been short lived, after BLU (second last on the ladder) caused a major boilover at the Moama Recreation Reserve.

And reigning premier Rochester is back on the outside looking in after falling to Cooma.

With three games left to play, the top four is as unpredictable as it could be.

●In October, Liam Hamilton captained BLU to the under 16 T20 premiership title.

On Saturday, the young gun was the shining light as BLU's A grade side snared its second win of the season.

Hamilton knocked an unbeaten 77 including seven boundaries as his side made 8/199 in their 45 overs.

Captain James McPhee was also in the runs, making 42.

Both Darcy Elliot and Luke Du Plooy would claim two wickets for Moama, giving their side 200 to chase for victory.

With ball in hand, BLU's Joseph Nicholls took the game away from the Magpies.

Nicholls took 4/33 off his nine overs, including dismissing opener and top scorer Jordan McGregor for 57.

McGregor had been the standout in an otherwise under-performing batting line-up, with Moama managing just 171 before being bowled out in the 42nd over.

The result sees Moama drop to second on the ladder, while BLU put some breathing space between itself and Echuca South at the bottom end of the competition.

●The rise of Tongala has continued, with the Blues now sitting pretty on top of the ladder after handing Kyabram Fire Brigade another loss.

Fire Brigade's Jesse Baker continued his form from Bendigo Country Week with the bat, making the top score of the game with a 128 ball 86.

Ky's batsmen were able to Baker with strong support, with Daniel Kent making 40 as the side finished on 5/201.

Dylan Cunningham claimed two wickets to be the pick of the bowlers.

Tongala would chase the target down with seven balls to spare, claiming the five-wicket win in the 44th over.

Daniel Coombs passed 50 for the fourth time in the season, finishing unbeaten on 83 as his side picked up the win.

It puts Tongala into top spot on percentage, and drops Kyabram out of the top two, potentially costing them a home semi-final.

●The battle for fourth spot has taken another turn, with Cooma returning to the four by beating Rochester.

With only two Rochester batsmen getting past 20 (Sean Williams with 30 and Tim Bubb with 26), the reigning premier could only manage 117 when it was dismissed in the 42nd over.

Cooma's Mitch Barrett starred with the ball, taking 4/10 off his nine overs, as well as bowling five maidens.

Williams and Angus Martin did their best with the ball to swing the game back in Rochy's favour, both taking three wickets and in the process make the game incredibly close.

Cooma had just four balls to spare when they hit the winning runs, finishing 7/121 to secure the win and move back into fourth spot.

●Echuca and Echuca South's results had not been provided at the time of writing.