By Gus Underwood
DESPITE a top spell of bowling from Jayden Rosin the result of Goulburn Murray Cricket’s Tongala-Fire Brigade clash was evenly poised after the first day’s play last Saturday.
Rosin finished with the fine figures of 5/22 off 14.1 overs, but due to a fighting innings of 77 from Adam Nunn, Tongala posted a competitive 213 off 78.1 overs.
Nunn, who struck seven boundaries, occupied the crease for 196 minutes and faced 152 balls in a controlled knock after Tongala had dipped to 4/83 following an opening stand of 38 between Darin Ohlsen, who made 28, and Jayden Tucker.
Nunn got most support from Dylan Cunningham, who made an entertaining 47 off 49 balls in a 56-minute stay at the batting crease. His innings included three fours and three sixes.
Rosin was best supported by the experienced Jarrod Chapman whose lionhearted 26.1 overs claimed figures of 4/49.
THE other blockbuster clash, between Cooma and Rochester, was also fairly evenly poised after day one.
Rochester was bowled out in 56.1 overs but managed to post 192 in the clash at Cooma.
Opening bowler Liam Barrett with 5/64 off 16 overs starred with the ball for Cooma while Sean Williams anchored the Rochester innings with a brilliant knock of 82 in 86 minutes, which included 13 boundaries.
Cooma made a solid start in its run chase, wiping 42 off its target before stumps.
But the loss of one of its most prolific run makers, Steve Barrett, for 12 has evened up the clash going into the final day.
Young guns Sam Langley and Liam Thorne will resume the Cooma run chase this week with plenty of work to do against an eager Rochester attack.
IN THE other two games Echuca has already collected first innings points against Echuca South while Moama is holding the whip hand against BLU.
South was bundled out in 44 overs for 107, with Mitchell Stephens (40) and consistent opener Josh Novaselek (20) the only batsmen to make it to double figures.
Echuca lost wickets rounding up the modest South score, with opener Matt Hinks with 44 ensuring the first-innings points for his side and a chance to press for maximum points this week.
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TONGALA'S Clayton Watson led a brave but losing run chase against Girgarre on Saturday.
Watson made 73 off 100 balls but his side came up 14 runs short in its run chase.
Matt McCready with 46 and Rhys Febey with a half century helped Girgarre post its winning score while Jamie Daff, with four wickets, did the damage with the ball for the winners.
KYABRAM Fire Brigade made short work of its clash with BLU, losing just one wicket in its 74-run chase for victory.
Young talent Bohden Learmonth produced a top allround performance in the game, taking four wickets along with Shannon O’Brien and then making 25 not out in an unbroken second-wicket stand with Mitch Dunne, who was unbeaten on 29.
STANHOPE was 1/66 chasing Echuca’s 162 but once Matt Evans fell for 35 and Tom Hepburn for 22 only Steve Hall and Shannon Aynsley reached double figures as Stanhope fell for 124.
IN THE other games, top side Northern United beat Cooma while Moama had the better of Echuca South.
OPENER Michael Mott posted an aggressive century and Scott Hearn an unbeaten 67 as Fire Brigade piled up 7/234 to win a tight clash with Echuca.
Mott crunched 16 fours and six sixes in an explosive knock of 111 off just 61 balls while Hearn plundered 12 fours in his unbeaten knock.
Echuca made a game of it, reaching 222.
GIRGARRE, led by Mark Scown with 72 and Simon Tomasini (41), lost only three wickets covering Echuca Green’s score of 169.
David Asquith took four wickets in Green’s innings.
TOP side Northern United skittled Stanhope for 78 in 25 overs, with Lee Rowlands top-scoring with 23, and lost only four wickets in securing the win.
TONGALA secured the premiership points against Echuca South due to good bowling efforts from Tim Densley (4/30) and Callum Tucker (3/15) and Brad Caldwell’s 32 and Matt Owen’s 25 with the bat.
SHANNON Jarrett’s half century and Kayla Shepherd’s 43 enabled Rushworth to post 9/178, which was enough to get the points against Rochester, dismissed for 156.
Led by Jason Norman with a retired half century, Fire Brigade’s score of 8/222 proved out of reach for Cooma who answered with 3/161 with veteran Roger French (50 retired) and R Bhardwaj with 44 the batting mainstays for the losers.
Middle-order batsmen Beauden Webber with 75 with 13 fours and a six and Craig Billings with 50 helped Stanhope reach 9/184 against BLU, restricted to 6/146 in reply.