It’s getting hot in the kitchen

February 05, 2018

Looking at finals: Cooma's Andrew Appleton saw plenty of the Moama attack on his way to 54 runs as Cooma aims to hold its spot in the top four.

Moama and Cooma are set for an intense second day of action after the first innings has either poised for a win.

With Cooma in need of a victory to keep its place in the Goulburn Murray Cricket top four, Michael Hill’s side made an impressive start to the match.

Having won the toss, Hill sent his charges in to bat and Brayden Stone and Andrew Appleton did not let him down.

As both looked comfortable at the crease, the pair formed a 58-run partnership before Stone was run out via a brilliant piece of fielding from Jordan McGregor.

But on Appleton marched despite Moama taking the momentum of the game as Alistair McCann rolled Hill and then Liam Barrett for ducks leaving Cooma at 3-71.

Appleton continued, facing 159 balls for his 54 before his run was ended off the bowling of Layton McCann.

Cooma’s innings began to collapse shortly after, particularly in the latter stages when its final three batsmen exited in the space of one run.

Moama has been set 164 for victory, as it aims to keep second spot and denying Kyabram Fire Brigade the chance to leap up.

The Flames were superb against Rochester United, leaving United looking at the possibility of losing its first match for the season.

Kyabram Fire Brigade posted 324 runs off 81 overs as Paul Newman and Henry Charlton were mesmerising at the top of the order.

Each batsman made 67 runs and a host of teammates including captain Daniel Kent and Michael Mattingly made important contributions.

Rochester Tigers captain Jake Wright brought himself on to bowl and created carnage against Bamawm-Lockington United.

After BLU openers Paul Colbert and Josh Cairns made a solid start like so many other top order batsmen on Saturday, Wright took the ball and never looked back.

He cleaned up talented batsman Cameron Sharp and captain James McPhee, allowing neither to make an impact.

Wright continued to do damage throughout the innings, helping the Tigers restrict their opposition to 166.

Stanhope threw everything at Tongala, but the Blues still finished with 9-279 at the end of day one.

Adam Nunn and Jordan Souter notched half-centuries as their side continues to hold hopes of featuring in the finals.

Echuca is already well on its way to defeating Echuca South, after South could manage just 100 with Hugh Nelson top scoring with 44.

In reply, Echuca is 25 runs into its chase without the loss of a wicket.

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