Rochy recoils in face of BLU

By Andrew Johnston

THINGS can change pretty quickly in the sphere of cricket.

A week ago, Rochester Cricket Club had their biggest win to date when they knocked off Kyabram Fire Brigade.

A week later, they were on the losing end of a clash with Bamawm-Lockington United.

And the loss sees Rochester languishing outside the top four.

On the other side of the equation, BLU is sitting pretty in third place as they enter the first block of two-day games.

BLU had the advantage from the get go, sending Rochester in.

While the Tigers were able to hang around for most of their allotted overs, they were never really able to get going with the bat due to some tight bowling and defence from BLU.

Jeremy Felmingham was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets; going at just over four runs an over for his nine.

But it was Luke Deeprose and Greg Pearse who may have had the biggest impact on slowing the game down, with the two conceding just 22 runs from their combined 16 overs.

No player seemed to be able to get going for Rochester, with captain Tim Bubb the top scorer on 26.

Rochester finally dragged themselves to 104 – all out off 42.4 overs and clearly an uphill battle to turn that into a winning score.

And it proved futile as BLU quickly ran the total down.

Some early wickets did provide some hope for Rochester; Deeprose departing for a duck with the team on three, and a second wicket leaving them at 2/19.

But those early strikes would do little to stop BLU.

A half century for Greg Pearse (he finished the game 52 not out) and support from captain James McPhee would see BLU across the line in the 26th over.

The result has a major impact on both sides going forward.

BLU’s 5-2 record is enough to anchor them near the top of the ladder while Rochester has found themselves in an unfamiliar position for the town and team – back with the battlers.

Deeprose said there has been an attitude change within the club that has been pivotal in the team’s resurgence this season.

“I think in the past we have been a middle of the league club, so we probably have been a bit defensive in the way we play,” he said.

“At the moment, though, there is a level of confidence that we are a really strong side, and we are probably playing a more attacking brand of cricket because we think we know what we are capable of, and we want to get those results.

“We know we can set our season up really well with our form in the front half of the season, and we will look to continue that going forward.”