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Flames too strong

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March 08, 2016

SIX OF THE BEST: Kyabram Fire Brigade bowler Chris Cleveland ran through Echuca's batting order to claim 6/17 from nine overs in Saturday's Goulburn Murray A grade cricket match. PHOTO: Ben Carter

Tongala A Grade CricketTongala V Kyabram Fire BrigadeKyabram's Gareth AnsellLD

Jarrod Chapman was even more miserly, although less successful, with his 24 overs costing only 33 runs and producing one wicket.

Bowling spearhead Dave Newman also did his part, taking 2/43 from 14 overs.

Brad Major with 60 and James Flaherty with 40 were the shining batting lights for the Tigers.

The win puts Fire Brigade into a preliminary final showdown this weekend against Echuca, a decisive winner in its semi-final against Tongala.

Tongala made just 88 after electing to bat in the game at Echuca’s Victoria Park oval, with only skipper Shannon Tucker with a fighting 45 and a determined 22 from Ben Scowen putting up any real resistance to the Chris Russell led home team attack.

Russell claimed 5/20 off 15 overs and Simon Maddox with 3/10 from 14 overs cut down the Tongala batting line-up in 53.4 overs.

Echuca didn’t flatter with the bat either but skipper and reliable opener Brendan Prendergast with a patient 33, Ryan Hon with an aggressive 59 and youngster Brendan Moyle with 28 engineered the win despite a top effort with the ball from Tongala’s John Copeland.

Copeland took 5/31 off 11 overs and Darin Ohlsen 3/58 from 15 overs, but Tongala’s score was never going to be enough.

Despite the loss Tongala lives to contest a preliminary final against minor premier Rochester United this weekend.

United won its spot in the preliminary final with an easy semi-final win over Bamawm Lockington United.

With Steve Rasmussen (57 not out) and Theodore Rivers (49) leading the way, United posted 250 on the opening day and then skittled BLU for 77.

B-GRADE

Fire Brigade and Girgarre remain in the premiership fight after semi-final wins last weekend.

The Flames batsmen led by Corey Carver with 60 and Jack Donnell with 54 got support from Brayden Stone (29) and Brad Edwards (22) as it posted 5/224 off its 40 overs after being invited to bat first by Moama.

Then Rikki Busch with 4/17 off eight overs and Brad Edwards and Chris Boylan, both with two wickets, subdued the Moama batsmen to 9/138 to keep The Flames’ flag hopes very much alive.

■Girgarre’s handy score of 7/174 was enough to clinch it a semi-final win against Rochester United.

Opener Leigh Kempinski and Andrew Melverton were the batting rocks for Girgarre, both just missing the half century as their side reached 7/174 after winning the toss and batting.

Wayne Cowley, Ryan Butler and Rick Heathcote also chipped in with handy scores.

With Ryan Butler (3/45), Riley Cowley (2/10) and Andrew Medhurst (2/29) sharing the bulk of the wickets, Girgarre shot United out for 136 to progress to the second week of the finals.

■In the other semi, Echuca lost just four wickets covering Northern United’s disappointing score of 98.

C-GRADE

Rushworth warmed up for its semi-final showdown with Fire Brigade this Saturday with a crushing win over fellow finalist Echuca South.

South posted a respectable 153, but a superb unbeaten 93 from Sam Hitchcock and 53 not out from the ageless Peter Raglus in a second wicket stand wiped this score off in 31 overs.

Jai Patten was Rushworth’s bowling hero with 5/19 off nine overs.

■Girgarre bowed out of the flag fight with a loss to Rochester Tigers.

With Rhys Febey showing the way with the bat with 64, Girgarre built a handy score of 8/168 but the Tigers replied with 7/172.

■Cooma put up a fight against top side Echuca.

Chasing Echuca’s 5/226, Cooma replied with 9/176.

D-GRADE

Kyabram Fire Brigade and Gigarre played a tight game in preparation for the semi-finals this weekend.

With Simon Tomasini again showing the way with the bat with an unbeaten 48, Girgarre’s score of 9/107 was seven runs more than the Brigade could muster despite fighting late knocks from Chris Ward with an unbeaten 37 and 24 from Brad Fleming.

Tom Pyke with 5/34 and Jason Varcoe with 3/11 did the damage with the ball for Girgarre.

■Finalist Echuca held all the aces in its clash with Tongala.

Echuca made 155 and Tongala could manage just 47 in reply.

■Top side Moama had a big win over Cooma to warm up for its semi-final clash with Girgarre.

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