United set to feel heat

February 09, 2018

Paul Newman (pictured) and Henry Charlton posted a solid opening for Kyabram Fire Brigade against Rochester United.

The chase is on for Rochester United.

With United’s bowling attack renowned for keeping its opposition to low totals, Kyabram Fire Brigade has posed a test.

Having capitalised on a strong start, the Flames are in the best position of any Goulburn Murray Cricket side this season to topple United for the first time.

Kyabram Fire Brigade has 324 to defend and another enthralling battle between the two sides will ensue tomorrow.

Paul Newman and Henry Charlton did exactly what captain Daniel Kent would have asked, with the two openers an ideal blend of calm and chaos.

Newman blasted his way to 67 before being the first to fall in the 89-run partnership, while Charlton continued to consolidate the innings.

Last year’s grand final contest was a vastly different affair, with United struggling to reach the Flames’ 129, when Sean Williams was the hero.

Williams, along with captain Tim Bubb and Tim Rasmussen will look to keep the table toppers stable and reach the considerable total.

Moama will back itself to beat Cooma, as the latter posted just 163, despite being at the crease for 71 overs.

Andrew Appleton used 159 balls to reach 54 in an important match for Cooma.

The outcome has the potential to define Cooma’s season, as it sits on a dangerous cusp that could have it fall out of the top four.

With Tongala pressing for a finals position, it is the biggest danger to Cooma.

Tongala captain Matt Ohlsen would be pleased with his side’s output against Stanhope last week, as five batsmen scored more than 30.

With 279 on the board, the Lions will be hard pressed to topple their opposition.

A crucial six points to Tongala will make for an attractive final round.

Brendan Prendergast and Adam Jones are hoping to be the pair to bring Echuca a victory in a derby against Echuca South.

Jones has already put on 21 runs, with the opening partnership having only faced four overs with 101 in sight for victory.

This summer has been a struggle for Bamawm-Lockington United, but it could collect another win before the season is out.

BLU bowlers Jeremy Felmingham and James McPhee have Rochester Tigers in a perilous situation at 2-5 with only 14 balls sent down in the second innings.

A starring performance from openers Paul Colbert and Josh Cairns set BLU up in the first innings and the side will look to continue the momentum tomorrow.

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