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Tongala's Darin has Echuca in a spin

Tongala spin bowler Darin Ohlsen took 5-34 against Echuca.

January 15, 2014 4:24am

Jayden Tucker top scored for Tongala on Saturday with 27 not out.


 

Quiet achiever Darin Ohlsen bowled Tongala to the brink of a first innings lead on the first day of its Goulburn Murray Cricket clash with unbeaten Echuca on Saturday, but the visitors hit back to leave the game in the balance at the end of the opening day’s play.

Left-arm orthodox spinner Ohlsen bagged 5-34 off 13 overs, including five maidens, to cut a swath through the powerful Echuca batting line-up, which fell for just 125 runs.

Ohlsen got plenty of support from skipper Andrew Good with two wickets and Jordan Souter, Dave Currie and Alex Williams, who all kept the pressure on the Echuca batsmen.

However, a lot of the good work of the bowlers was wasted with Tongala in reply dipping to 5-65 and relying heavily on the Tucker brothers, Jayden and Shannon, to help the side to a first innings lead when the game concludes on Saturday.

Opener Jayden held the Tongala innings together for an unbeaten 27, while Shannon was not out on six at stumps.

Star all-rounder Tyler Beard, who top scored for Echuca with 47, bagged two wickets and along with Nick Dolan, Brendan Prendergast with a wicket each catapulted Echuca back into the game.

Flames recover

Fire Brigade recovered from 3-26 to make 224 against Moama in the game at Kyabram’s Northern Oval.

Skipper Daniel Kent, Tyrone Isitt, Matt Finn and Brett Andison led the Brigade batting fightback.

Finn, who has always been a talented batsman, top scored with 68 that included eight fours, Isitt contributed 35 along with Andison, while skipper Daniel Kent was again a valuable contributor with 34.

Kent and Isitt got the Brigade back on course when it had slumped to 3-26 with a 65-run stand for the fourth wicket.

The Flames won’t want to underestimate the young Moama batting line-up, which has a potential matchwinner in Kirk Teasdale when the visitors bat on Saturday.

Stanhope battling

Stanhope has a battle on its hands to avoid an innings defeat by Echuca South after faltering with the bat again in the game at Echuca.

Stanhope could muster only 97 runs after winning the toss and batting.

Lower order batsman Jimmy Mensfield top scored with 21, while skipper Steve Hall with 19 and opener Brett Bunfield with 15 were the only other batsmen to hold up the home side attack for any length of time.

Left-arm spinner Mick Peterson did the most damage with the ball for Echuca South with a burst of 4-9 in a miserly 13-over spell that included 10 maidens and four of Stanhope’s top five batsmen.

South’s batsmen made short work of the Stanhope score, reaching 4-164 at stumps on the back of some good knocks from opener Mark Peterson (49), Justin Saker (37) and an unbeaten 45 from Mitchell McMullan.

BLU boosted

Bamawn-Lockington United gave its finals chances a massive boost as it dominated Northern United with bat and ball.

With BLU skipper Ben Docking picking up 4-36 off 11.5 overs, Northern United’s batsmen capitulated in 48.5 overs for just 119 runs. BLU opening batsmen Liam Gwynne and Greg Pearse then blasted an opening stand of 145 as their side reached an imposing 1-179 at stumps and into a position to press for maximum points on Saturday.

Gwynne will resume his innings on 106 this week, while Pearse contributed a half century in the opening stand.

 

B-grade

Kyabram Fire Brigade has Moama at its mercy in their B-grade clash after a solid team batting effort was backed by a deadly spell of bowling from paceman Nathan O’Donnell.

After the Flames posted 210 off 41.4 overs after winning the toss and batting, O’Donnell grabbed four quick wickets to have Moama reeling at 6-60 at stumps.

Moama was 5-23 but by stumps through the efforts of Josh Platt (16 not out) and Liam Gallagher (19 not out) had made a mini recovery.

An aggressive Sam Spicer has put Cooma in the box seat against BLU with a sparkling knock of 83 in the game at Cooma.

Spicer smacked 12 boundaries and with support from young tailenders Dylan Joyce (41 not out) and Jack Elliott (16 not out), was able to put a competitive 269 runs on the board off 62 overs. Other lower order batsmen in Ryan Burt and Drew Barrett and veteran opener Roger French also helped Cooma.

LBU was 0-15 at stumps in reply and there is plenty of cricket still left in this game.

Tongala is poised to beat Girgarre after dominating with bat and ball on the opening day last Saturday.

Girgarre looked on course for a tidy score when openers Leigh Kempinski (38) and Mick Coyne (19) put on 54 without loss.

But once they went, it was one-way traffic as the Tongala bowlers, headed by Tennyson Tinning with 3-16 off 7.1 overs, hit back hard. Tinning was well supported by Tyler Vick, Joel Regan and Nathan Cornwall, who all grabbed two wickets as Girgarre folded to be out for 107 in 42.1 overs.

Apart from Kempinski and Coyne, Brett Hughes with 17 was the other batsmen to get into double figures in the Girgarre surrender.

Tongala in reply was well on the way to a first innings lead and in a position to press for an outright win this week as it reached 1-81 at stumps, with experienced campaigners Mark Scown (32 not out) and Travis Johnstone (42 not out) to resume the innings this Saturday.

In the other game, Echuca has already claimed first innings points against Echuca South and will push for a maximum points win this Saturday.

C-grade

In C-grade, Stanhope cruised to an eight-wicket win over BLU on the back of a destructive spell with the ball from Andrew Green.

Green bagged 7-14 off 8.3 overs to send BLU packing for just 81 in just 26.3 overs.

Stanhope’s batsmen, led by opener Tom Hepburn and Shannon Aynsley, then lost only two wickets in rounding up this score.

Kyabram Fire Brigade opening batsmen Wayne O’Neill and Gary McKenzie, both with half centuries, spearheaded a big win for their side over Rochester Tigers.

The Flames posted 6-183 off their 40 overs and with Simon Grima (4-22) and Corey Carver (3-18) helped demolish Tigers for 69 off 26.3 overs.

Girgarre was bundled out for 109 by Northern United, who had posted 163.

Moama had its last batsmen at the wicket rounding up Echuca South’s score of 162, while Echuca’s last two batsmen were also at the crease in reeling in Rochester’s moderate score of 84 in another thriller.

D-grade

Chris Eddy and Scott McDonald steered Kyabram Fire Brigade to a big win in the D-grade competition.

Eddy made an unbeaten 77 and McDonald 54 as the The Flames posted 9-229 against Girgarre.

In reply, Girgarre fell for 101, with Jay Ferguson the top scorer with 29.

A half-century from Michael McKenzie-Ross helped Cooma to a six-wicket win over Echuca South.

McKenzie-Ross received support from Joby Joseph as Cooma reached 4-147 off 33 overs after restricting Echuca South to 5-150.

In the other game, Rex Taylor made a century on debut for Echuca who cruised to 9-219, which proved out reach of the Tongala batsmen who fell for 108.

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