Time to move up

December 02, 2016

Cooma wicket keeper Steve Barrett made his highest score of the season, 80, against Rochester Tigers last round, but reining premier Rochester United is a tougher opposition.

Rochester United is beatable.

Suddenly Goulburn Murray Cricket is once again a fiercely competitive competition after the Crows dropped their first game of the season last week.

After six rounds of action United still sits on top of the ladder, but Kyabram and Moama have only been denied that honour on percentage.

Round seven is shaping up as one to separate the men from the boys with fourth-placed United travelling to Cooma and Bamawm-Lockington United hosting Moama.

United was stunned against BLU last round and will be fired up tomorrow with the likes of Corey Windridge, Dylan Cuttriss and Steve Rasmussen rarely failing in consecutive games.

Indian import Manoj Vemula will look to bounce back from a duck last round, while veteran Jake Perry, 32, may pull up sore after mammoth 28-over spell last round.

Meanwhile, Cooma pair Jacob Kelly and Steve Barrett must fire alongside gun bat Michael Hill if they are to hand United consecutive losses for the first time in three seasons.

If Moama wants to push for top spot, it must defeat the league’s form side in BLU, but the Magpies have home ground advantage.

Moama duo Darcy Elliott and Anthony McMahon snagged five-wicket hauls last round, while BLU import Luke Deeprose delivered in spades with a 6-34 effort against United.

Kyabram Fire Brigade can leapfrog United with a big win against Echuca, who has struggled this season.

Flames veteran Daniel Kent hit a sublime 112 not out last round taking his average to 74, while opening paceman Brodie Unwin impressed with 3-20.

Echuca notched its second win of the season last week thanks to strong showings from Mitch Frew (59), Adam Jones (55) and Brendan Moyle (51).

Rochester Tigers and Tongala clash tomorrow with both sides looking to return to the winner’s list.

Tigers all-rounder Chris Holliday showed some form last week, backing up his 4-76 on day one with 74 runs.

Tonny was best served last round by John Copeland (4-37) and Clayton Thompson (3-27), but the Blues will need a drastically improved batting performance if they are any chance.

Finally, cellar-dwellers Echuca South and Stanhope square off with South desperate to secure its first win of the season.

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