OPENING batsman Brett Andison guided last season’s runners-up Fire Brigade to an easy win against Echuca South in their first-round Goulburn Murray Cricket clash on Kyabram’s revamped Northern Oval on Saturday.
With Andison making a dominant 80, with five fours and three sixes, the Flames posted 4/226 off 42.4 overs and then bowled their rivals out for 132.
Apart from Andison, recruits figured prominently in the win for the Flames.
English imports Henry Charlton and Sam Kershaw, late pick-up Anthony Andronaco from Shepparton Youth Club and Echuca South additions Shannon O’Brien and Jayden Rosin all showed they are going to make the Flames one of the toughest teams to beat.
Charlton contributed 17 of an opening stand of 32 with Andison and while dismissed for 10 Sam Kershaw also showed he will be an asset.
Anthony Andronaco produced a stylish 47, which included four fours and four sixes, while Rosin chipped in with 32 in a show of Brigade batting strength.
O’Brien was the hero with the ball against his old side, destroying South’s top order on his way to taking 5/14 off nine overs.
Fire Brigade hosts another first round winner Rochester Tigers this Saturday.
Calamitous Cooma collapses
LAST season’s finalists Cooma suffered a fatal batting collapse to plummet to defeat against Rochester Tigers.
The Tigers posted 188 off 41.5 overs and in reply Cooma managed only 92 off 30.3 overs.
In its run chase, Cooma openers Steve Barrett (23) and Jake Kelly (13) shared a 38-run stand but once they were out disaster struck. No fewer than six batsmen in a row failed to get off the mark in a burst in which seven wickets fell for just one run as K Gillin with 4/15 and Adam Ward 3/9 sliced through the Cooma batting line-up in merciless fashion.
In the Tigers innings, paceman Brad Power picked up the bowling honours for Cooma with 4/13 off 7.5 overs while Mitch Barrett and skipper Michael Hill both claimed two wickets.
Cooma will meet first-round winner Echuca at Echuca this Saurday.
39 steps to defeat for Tongala
TONGALA’S batsmen collapsed in its clash with Moama, skittled in 21 overs for just 39.
The Blues were chasing Moama’s healthy score of 4/249 off its 45 overs.
Tongala’s first four batsmen all fell for ducks and five failed to get off the mark in the batting debacle.
Moama’s batsmen fired, with Layton McCann posting the first century of the season with an unbeaten 132 that included 16 fours and two sixes.
Bowling spearhead Matt Ohlsen, with 2/46 off nine overs, was the only multiple wicket taker for Tongala, who meet reigning premier Rochester United this Saturday.
Stanhope shows promise
STANHOPE’S score of 149 wasn’t enough to defeat Echuca.
Stanhope captain-coach Mick Coad ensured his side would post a competitive score with a knock of 37 and he was well supported by English debutant Cameron Smith with 20 while Brian Cowie contributed a handy 18.
Another of its imports, Alex Heaton, made only 10 batting at first drop but indicated better things to come.
The Echuca batsmen made short work of the run chase, posting 3/151 off 22.5 overs with opener Brendan Prendergast showing the way with 46.
Stanhope hosts Echuca South this Saturday.
Garrett looks the goods
STAR recruit Jordan Garrett gave a sample of his ability in reigning premier Rochester United’s comfortable win over Bamawm Lockington United.
An All English Under 17 representative, Garrett made a stylish 53 opening the innings for the Tigers who compiled 9/139 off 45 overs before skittling BLU in 32.1 overs for 95.
TOP efforts from a veteran and a teenager provided Kyabram Fire Brigade with a first-up win against Echuca South in the B grade GM competition.
Veteran paceman Brendan White bagged 5/16 off eight overs as the Brigade attack restricted Echuca South to 155 in the game on Cooma’s second oval.
Then 14-year-old sporting talent Anthony Depasquale starred with the bat for the Flames with a superb knock of 67, which included 10 boundaries.
After being 1/0 Depasquale and Jake Gascoyne built a 60-run second-wicket stand that set up the win in just 29 overs.
Girgarre too strong
GIRGARRE kicked off the new season with a comfortable win over Rochester Tigers.
Openers G Hanmer (37) and Mick Coyne (30) and first drop Ash Hughes (24) were the main contributors in Girgarre’s score of 153 off 37.3 overs.
Then with Mal McKenzie-Ross, Ash Hughes and J Sherritt each claiming two wickets the Girgarre bowlers restricted the Tigers to 113 off 40 overs to complete the win.
Tongala falls well short
TONGALA restricted Northern United to 115 but in reply was bowled out in 15 overs for 55.
Nathan Cornwall with 4/13 did the main damage with the ball to put Tongala into a winning position.
But opener Tim Harris, who top scored with 19, and Bailey Waasdorp with 16 were the only double digit contributors for Tongala.
Cooma cuts it fine
COOMA won a race against the clock to get a win over Echuca.
Chasing Echuca’s score of 6/124 Cooma batsmen rounded up this score for the loss of seven wickets with only an over to spare.
Sam Spicer with 42, Nic Hubble, 25, and D Lowis with 22 provided the bulk of the winning runs for Cooma.