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Goulburn Murray Cricket | Double-header weekend in A-grade

By Aydin Payne

A double-header game week will close out the Goulburn Murray Cricket A-grade season this weekend as the competition ramps up in intensity.

The second day of the round 14 matches will be contested tomorrow afternoon, with the round 10 rescheduled matches to be contested on Sunday.

It is looming as a gripping weekend of cricket, with one side still able to pinch a top four spot and feature in the upcoming finals series.

That side is the reigning premiers, Rochester, who are still in the hunt to defend their title despite sitting in fifth spot on the ladder.

Rochester is in a commanding position after the opening day against Bamawm-Lockington United, with a lead of 200 runs and need a further nine wickets to claim victory.

The combination squad's Charlie Ryan (47 runs) and Dylan Cuttriss (42) were the standouts last week, while Sean Williams (1-7) did the early damage with the ball.

Following the match against United tomorrow, Rochester will take on Echuca South at Windridge Oval.

But even if Rochester claims two wins this weekend, last year's premiers will need to rely on other results to go their way.

● Around the grounds, Cooma will be desperate to hold out Kyabram Fire Brigade tomorrow when the Two Blues look to defend 201 against the second-placed outfit.

Cooma currently sits equal third with Tongala - 18 points ahead of Rochester - and needs a win against the Flames or Tongala tomorrow to secure post-season action.

Sunday's encounter between Tongala and Cooma is set to be contested at the same ferocity as a finals match if Tongala is unable to chase down Echuca's total of 99 tomorrow.

Meanwhile, it will be a top-of-the-table clash between Moama and Kyabram Fire Brigade on Sunday as the two heavyweights meet at Moama Recreation Reserve.

Ladder leaders Moama will resume tomorrow against Echuca South needing a further five runs to secure victory.