Flames burning for United rematch

March 05, 2018

Tell your story walking: Rochester United celebrates asAdam Nunn trudges off the field, after being caught off Myles Wade's bowling.

For a third straight year, Goulburn Murray Cricket powerhouses Rochester United and Kyabram Fire Brigade will contest the A-grade grand final.

Remarkably, it will be the Flames’ fifth straight trip to the decider, with club legend Paul Newman’s century helping them to a winning score.

With their batsmen in tip-top form, skipper Daniel Kent had no hesitation choosing to bat, but Kyabram lost the early wickets of Henry Charlton and Jack Donnell to be 2-24, Michael Hill picking up both wickets for Cooma.

But wickets only brought more dangerous batsmen to the crease, with Sam Kershaw (22) and Brett Andison (43) continuing to drive towards a huge total.

And the real damage started when Newman joined Mick Mattingly at the crease; the duo smashed the Cooma bowlers to all parts of the field in a whopping stand of more than 150 runs.

Newman did the majority of the damage, opting to go the tonk with eight fours and seven sixes in his monster knock.

He retired soon after making his ton on 106, Mattingly pushing on but caught for 89 late on.

The Flames finished up on 7-320 from 80 overs, a daunting task for Cooma.

Early on day two it seemed the game would be finished sooner rather than later as Cooma slumped to 4-16, with three scalps going to Brodie Unwin.

Hill partnered with Liam Barrett and the duo consolidated, but a disastrous run out spelled the beginning of the end for the Two Blues.

Cooma batted on for most of the day but was never a realistic chance, the Flames sealing the grand final position by more than 100 runs.

Bowled out for 202, Unwin finished with 4-30.

In the other semi-final, Rochester United dominated from start to finish in a comfortable win against Tongala.

Much like in the round 11 clash, the Blues found United’s bowlers far too much to overcome, bowled out in 63 overs for 122.

Liam Ringin struck twice early to remove Jayden Tucker and Blake Campbell, with opener Darin Ohlsen (26) the only top-order bat to stick around for any real length of time.

United reeled off 4-19 to get rid of Tongala’s middle order, Sean Williams continuing his fine season with three of the scalps.

At 6-53, Ohlsen and Joel Regan dug in for the biggest stand of the day (29 runs), Regan’s fighting 45 helping the Blues get to a moderate score.

United had raced to 1-36 by stumps, and made light work of the chase with Dylan Cuttriss and Steve Rasmussen unbeaten as it sealed the win.

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