All eyes on night watchmen

By Alex Mitchell

The Victoria Park light switch will be pointed in the on direction when Echuca and Cooma battle it out in tomorrow’s Goulburn Murray Cricket night match.

In a round two ripper, a pair of the opening round’s winners will square off looking to make it a 2-0 start to the season.

Echuca pulled off a big win first up, bowling a new-look Rochester side out for 132 before tracking that total down with five overs and wickets to spare.

The evergreen Simon Maddox was on song with 4-15 from seven overs with the ball, while Adam Jones made a crisp 56 with the bat to drive the chase.

Michael Hill’s influence on the game will be telling, a 96-run, four-wicket display in Cooma’s win against Bamawm-Lockington United again reminding he is potentially the best player in the competition.

The Two Blues beat Echuca by seven wickets in round two last season and Hill was on song that day, with 4-29 and 47 not out.

●Rochester will travel to Moama tomorrow looking for its first win as a conglomerate.

After a disappointing opening against Echuca, Rochester will look to get plenty more out of a batting line-up that promises an absolute heap, stumbling to just 132 last weekend.

It will also ask for more from star bowler Dylan Cuttriss, the gun quick having taken just two wickets in his last 71 overs through last season and round one.

Missing all-rounder Layton McCann who made runs for fun last season, Moama looked rudderless with the bat last weekend in crumbling for 94 runs.

●Kyabram Fire Brigade will look to move to 2-0 this season when it welcomes BLU to town.

The Flames looked at their premiership-winning best in an easy dispatching of Echuca South in round one, bowling it out for 73 and winning three wickets down.

Brodie Unwin and Mick Mattingly took three wickets last weekend, while fans will be keen to see what intriguing new opener Marx De Villiers can do after 22 in his first knock.

For BLU, its form was encouraging in a 19-run loss to Cooma, but it will need to be at its best to compete with the reigning, defending champion.

●Tongala started the season with a bang last weekend and has a great chance to make it two straight wins against Echuca South.

South struggled against the Flames’ ferocious bowlers to make just 73, Andrew Good top-scoring with a mere 12 with the side’s top order needing a huge lift to be competitive.

The Blues got a speedy 52 from captain Darin Ohlsen last weekend, also taking three wickets along with new coach Daniel Coombs.