Goulburn Murray cricket roundup: Brenton Campbell steers Ky Fire Brigade to victory

By Kyabram Free Press

A SUPERB innings from Brenton Campbell steered Kyabram Fire Brigade to victory over Tongala in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday.

Campbell missed out on a century by just three runs but his innings got the Flames over the line with 11 overs and three wickets in hand.

Chasing Tongala’s 213, Campbell’s 97 consisted of 12 boundaries in a 121-minute stay at the crease.

Campbell and young talent Ryan Thomson, who made an unbeaten 21, produced a matchwinning sixth wicket stand of 60 runs.

Opener Jesse Barker continued his fine first season with the club to contribute a patient and valuable 38 in the Brigade run chase.

Darin and Matt Ohlsen were the only multiple wicket takers for Tongala, with two wickets each, while Adam Nunn, Josh Thurston and Dylan Cunningham each picked up a wicket.

Tongala is now looking to rebound from its first loss since the opening round against Echuca South at Echuca starting this Saturday while the Brigade travels to BLU.

Cooma's batsmen collapsed against reigning premier Rochester, who have now got their season back on track.

Resuming at 1/42 in reply to Rochester’s 192, Cooma lost nine wickets for 75 runs to be out in 58.3 overs for 117.

Cooma lost its second wicket at 53 and there was a steady procession back to the dressing rooms from then on.

Young opener Sam Langley added seven to his score from the previous week to finish with 22 and Jack Norris contributed the top score of 26 off 50 balls in a 56-minute stay at the crease. But they were the only two Cooma batsmen to make over 20 against the Rochester attack led by Dylan Cuttriss and Angus Martin, who both claimed three wickets.

Rochester batted a second time and was 4/97 at stumps, with opener Spencer Cleary top scoring with 48 and sharing an opening stand of 61 with Waugh George.

Cooma faces Echuca at Echuca starting this week while Rochester travels to Moama.

Echuca pushed for maximum points against Echuca South, declaring at 6/108 the previous week in reply to South’s first innings score of 107.

But South put up some stiff resistance in its second innings, reaching 7/230 to thwart Echuca’s aspirations for maximum points.

Moama cruised to a commanding first-innings win over BLU in the other game.
Resuming at 1/40 in pursuit of Bamawm Lockington United’s first-innings score of 169, Moama posted 7/227 off 62 overs, with Anthony McMahon and Jack Russell both scoring half centuries.

B Grade

FIRE Brigade, with Jake Gascoyne showing the way with a brilliant 70 off 46 balls with nine fours and a six, had a big win over Tongala.

Gascoyne got most support from Corey Carver with 36 and Anthony De Pasquale with 30 while Tongala’s Clayton Watson picked up five wickets in vain for the visitors.

Watson had a big game and also made the top score of 47 for Tongala.

But the Brigade also had a secret weapon with the ball, with Rikki Busch picking up a matchwinning 5/14 off eight overs to restrict Tongala to 134.

Girgarre made short work of Echuca South, skittling the visitors in 31.2 overs for just 54, with Harley Dubowik the destroyer with 5/10 off eight overs.

Then Girgarre openers Lee Kempinski (25) and Matt McCeady (24 not out) took just 12 overs to get the win for their side.

Moama lost only four wickets rounding up Cooma’s score of 138 in 26 overs.

Glenn Hart with 41, Logan Bamford-Phillis (38) and opener Kade Turvey with 26 were Cooma’s top rungetters.

In the other two games, Northern United were too good for Echuca while Rochester got the points against BLU.

C Grade

ECHUCA got home by a run against Girgarre in a high-scoring shootout.

With Mick Coyne top-scoring with 61 and Wayne Cowley contributing 38, Girgarre posted 6/179. But Echuca was able to pinch the game off the last ball despite Jake Tooley’s four-wicket haul for Girgarre.

Fire Brigade lost just one wicket covering Cooma’s score of 71, with Miller Griffiths, unbeaten on 38, ensuring the nine-wicket win.

Cooma’s innings collapsed under the bowling of Tom Owen, who took a sensational 5/3 off eight overs.

Stanhope skittled Moama for just 62 in 24 overs and lost no wickets in covering this score, with openers Wade Foley with a half century and Lee Rowlands figuring in an undefeated stand of 77.

Rochester won on forfeit from Tongala while Echuca Green defeated Echuca South.

D Grade

RUSHWORTH'S 8/172 got it home against Stanhope despite half centuries from Braydon Kearns and Dayne Webber.

Old marvel Peter Raglus retired after making a half century for Rushworth, which laid the foundation for the win.

Echuca was up to the challenge of chasing down Cooma’s score of 155, finishing at 6/163.

BLU won the other game against Echuca South.