Flames form proves too hot

By Riverine Herald

ON DAY one, it was Dale Shaw getting the job done against Moama.

On day two, it was Mick Mattingly.

The Kyabram quick finished with 5/35 as the Fire Brigade made easy work of Moama in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday, dismissing the Mowers for 153 in a 286-run victory.

It was a major blow to Moama, which now finds itself in sixth place on the competition table.

Fire Brigade, however, move back into second with the victory.

Rochester reclaimed third spot after beating Echuca South.

When South were all out on day two, they still trailed by 155 runs, with Rochester choosing to enforce the follow on, before taking 6/83 before time ran out in what was very nearly a second innings defeat for South.

Echuca would claim a first innings victory against BLU, taking a 40-run lead before BLU went back in.

BLU would still be at the crease at the end, but the loss was enough to see them drop back outside the top four.

But the story of the year remains Tongala.

Chasing 273, Jamie Garde would smash 125, part of which came during a 171-run partnership with Clayton Thompson, who made 84 of his own.

Tongala would be 4/284 when the game was ended, a result that sees it retain top spot in the GMC.

With recent form, it is becoming even more clear that Tongala is the team to beat this season.