Wise heads grind out healthy total

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ROCHESTER has grabbed the ascendency after the first day’s play of its two-day Goulburn Murray Cricket match against Moama.

Rochy won the toss and elected to bat first at Windridge Oval, and were rewarded by captain and coach Tim Bubb settling into his work, notching up 45 off 138 deliveries.

Bubb’s opening partner Sean Williams grabbed 40 off just 66 balls, to see the opening stand reach 60 before Williams’ departure.

After another strong partnership between Bubb and number three Vibhor Yadav, Rochy reached 113 before Yadav was clean bowled. Bubb was caught and bowled just two runs later off a Darcy Elliott delivery.

After a small mid-order collapse — where Rochy added just 20 runs for a further two wickets — Dylan Cuttriss and and Angus Martin settled into their work and began to turn the tide in the home side’s favour.

That was until Cuttriss, Martin and Fraser Cleary all departed to leave Rochy on 8/174 with about 20 overs remaining in the day’s play.

That left veterans Jesse Cuttriss and Brad Major to the crease, to fend off the final Moama attack.

Rochy player coach Tim Bubb said the lower order put on a stellar performance to hold out the Moama bowlers.

‘‘Fortunately we had some more experienced players in Jesse Cuttriss and Brad Major who saw the situation really well and were able to grab 20s,’’ Bubb said.

‘‘We were pretty happy with that — we had a set plan at the start of the day and we got off to a good start and were 1/113.

‘‘So it was a bit disappointing to lose three players when we were about 5/170, but Moama bowled well all day and always had a little bit of interest in the pitch and there was a bit of seam movement so we were never fully able to get going.

‘‘We had a few who grabbed 30s and 40s, so if one had gone on to a big score it could have been a much larger total on the day,’’ he said.

Bubb said the three wickets falling in the 170s was disappointing as it meant the side could not execute their plan for the final 20 overs.

‘‘That was a little blow, because when you have 20 overs to go, if you have a few wickets in hand you can accelerate, but that put us at eight down and then we really had to play a bit more conservative,’’ he said.

Bubb said he expected Moama to play the long game on day two, but said he was confident his side would get the job done.

‘‘It’ll be a grind and they won’t give up their wickets easily so we’ll have to bowl well in order to get them out,’’ Bubb said.

‘‘I’m confident we have some good bowlers and if they bowl as well as they can I think we have enough on the board to get it done.’’