A PAIR of unbeaten half-centuries has kept Rochester United’s unbeaten start to the Goulburn Murray A grade cricket season alive.
United posted 3/195 off its 45 overs against Rochester Tigers, as the crosstown rivals put their differences aside to celebrate Dinger’s Day.
The day is held in memory of Matthew Dingwall, a highly regarded and greatly loved member of the Rochester community and a former Tigers player who tragically died in 2011.
The Tigers were unable to chase down the target with United taking the points in the final one-day match before two-day play starts.
United won the toss and batted. Jordan Garrett was the first to go for 18 while captain Tim Bubb’s dismissal left United at 2/52.
Opener Corey Windridge made a strong 30 before being caught, but his wicket was the last bright moment of the innings for the Tigers.
The dismissal brought Sean Williams and Tim Rasmussen together and the pair batted brilliantly to put on an unbeaten 122 for United, batting through the 45 overs to post the challenging target.
The partnership continued strong form from both batsmen. Williams now has 195 runs this season at an average of 65 while Rasmussen has scored 168 runs at an average of 84.
The Tigers batting on Saturday was an improvement on recent performances but they were constantly behind the eight-ball, batting out the 45 overs to only reach 6/137.
They lost Brandon Byrne early for two, but Kevin Gillin (28) and Adam Ward (33) knuckled down before Gillin was bowled by Williams.
And his match-winning performance continued soon after with Ward caught and bowled and skipper Jake Wright caught for one, the Tigers on the ropes at 4/71.
They dropped to 6/88 but brought some respectability back to the scoreline with a 49-run partnership from Adam McPhee and Travis Gillin, both making 21 not out.
Williams was the pick of the bowlers for United with 3/32, while Liam Ringin was incredibly tidy with nine runs coming from his nine overs.
The win made it six from six for defending champion United, while for the Tigers the defeat was a blow, dropping two games behind in the race for the top four and finals.
And it won’t get any easier this week, with a two-day game against a Moama side in sensational form.
United took the honours in B grade by 20 runs, Hamish Hoopell’s 4/27 with the ball the match-winning performance.
But the Tigers prevented the white-wash in C grade with a three-wicket win. Shane Connelly took a brilliant 5/8 from six overs with the ball before Ashley East (37) and Clay Sparkes (34*) helped get them across the line.