Lions new main attraction

By Alex Mitchell

Bamawm-Lockington United has been the surprise packet of the Goulburn Murray Cricket A-grade season so far and the Lions will look to show they are the real deal when two-day play starts tomorrow.

They will take on rival Echuca in a second-versus-fourth encounter that has serious classic potential.

The backbone of the Lions’ vast improvement — and subsequent three-game winning streak — has been spread across the field, with standout performers taking the side to the next level.

Particularly, their bowling has been impeccable in the past three games, bowling teams out for 64, 101 and 104.

Luke Deeprose has been in sparkling form, taking nine wickets in that span at an average of five, while Joe Hamilton has six scalps at 8.3 in that time.

But the bowling weaponry does not end there, with the destructive Jeremy Felmingham taking 5-32 last round to make it 14 wickets at 11.2 this season.

With the bat, Greg Pearse and James McPhee are in great nick, with the middle-order duo making 250 runs between them in the past three wins.

The Lions are clear favourites against Echuca, which has not won since round two.

It looked strong with the bat last weekend, but lacked impact with the ball as Tongala chased down a target of 8-181 with seven wickets to spare.

●Tongala will look the retain the GMC’s yellow jersey in its clash with in-form Cooma.

While the Blues are on top of the ladder, the Two Blues looked destructive knocking over Kyabram Fire Brigade for 45 last weekend.

If Cooma can get the same venom from its bowlers — where Brad Goodman (3-0), Mitch Barrett (3-8), Michael Hill (2-15) and Brad Power (2-13) all performed — any side in the league would struggle.

Tongala has plenty of batsmen in good form though, Daniel Coombs’ unbeaten 77 last weekend a highlight.

●Third-placed Moama could add to Kyabram Fire Brigade’s woes with another strong performance tomorrow.

Fresh from an easy eight-wicket win against Echuca South, Moama will look to show its bowlers are capable of exploiting the seemingly-vulnerable Flames’ line-up.

Like Echuca, the Flames have not won since round two, with a wash-out and two losses since that stage.

●Echuca South could not back up its first win of the season last weekend, but will look to taste success again Rochester.

Rochester’s form has been up and down, being knocked over for 104 against BLU last weekend was a clear low.

But it would be confident it can see off the Southerners, who have not beaten a team from Rochester since November 2014 when they beat the Rochester Tigers in a two-dayer.