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Goulburn Murray Cricket | Semi-final weekend preview

By Aydin Payne

A fierce rivalry will be renewed in the Goulburn Murray Cricket A-grade semi-final contests this weekend as positions in the grand final decider go up for grabs.

Tongala welcomes rival outfit Kyabram Fire Brigade to Tongala Recreation Reserve in a blockbuster contest.

Both sides squared off recently in round 12 where the Blues were able to snare an impressive victory away from home.

The Blues saluted that day by five wickets, off the back of a superb unbeaten 83 from captain Daniel Coombs.

Tongala will be looking for the skipper to replicate that effort and add to his season tally of 652 runs.

However, Kyabram did defeat the Blues in round seven at today's venue.

The Flames chased down 212 that day, with star talent Brenton Campbell smashing 97 runs off 121 deliveries.

And last weekend was a split performance for the Flames, with the outfit going down against Moama and defeating Cooma.

The loss to Moama proved crucial as the Fire Brigade coughed up a home ground advantage by slipping from first to third.

It was a strong outing for Daniel Kent, who scored a brilliant 128-run knock against Cooma and looks to be back in superb touch at the right time.

The big hitting opener has crunched 470 runs this season from 10 innings, with two centuries and a glorious 80-run knock against Moama.

● In the other semi-final contest, ladder leader Moama hosts Rochester at home.

Rochester pinched a spot in this weekend's finals after winning both round 14 and 10 matches last week in a whirlwind double-header weekend.

The reigning premier faces a tough test against a Moama outfit that has defeated them twice this season.

The last time the sides met, Moama ripped through Rochester for 92 runs, thanks to a starring performance from Kirk Teasdale (5-18) as the ladder leader cruised to a five wicket win.