Cricket heavyweights Rochester United and Kyabram Fire Brigade take to the ground for the first two-day match of the seaon.ZACH HUBBER November 3, 2012 4:49am
Cricket heavyweights Rochester United and Fire Brigade will lock horns at Rochester today in one of the most anticipated matches of the inaugural Goulburn Murray Cricket season.
Both sides are undefeated going into the match, with the Flames going down to the wire in close wins against Rochester Tigers and Bamawm-Lockington United in the past two rounds.
United captain Dylan Cuttriss said he was looking forward to playing one of the association’s top sides.
‘‘We’ve got off to a very good start and this will give us an opportunity to test ourselves against the best,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re going to be a couple short but they’ve still got a very strong line-up.’’
He said he would approach the two-day format slightly differently, including conserving his bowlers to produce shorter and sharper stints.
‘‘There’ll be more blokes with roles to play in the bowling, we just haven’t really bowled our full 40 overs yet,’’ he said.
‘‘These guys have still been doing plenty of work in the nets and will definitely get an opportunity.’’
Cuttriss was confident in his side’s ability to bowl the Flames out on a batting-friendly pitch, citing the early wicket of Paul Newman as a key dismissal.
‘‘Paulo’s a very, very aggressive batsman, so hopefully we can get him early on and that’ll get us going,’’ Cuttriss said.
Newman and brother David will play key roles for their side, which will be short of its strongest line-up.
But despite the Flames’ absences tomorrow, their deep pool of talent will ensure they are still a strong force.
And if the first three rounds are anything to go by, the next fortnight should produce some individual brilliance.
Already United bowler Colin Griggs has taken figures of 3/4, 2/8 and 2/9, while Jake Perry’s 5/33 last week and 65 with the bat was also a highlight.
For the Flames, Paul Newman’s 64 off 62 balls helped set up the team’s run chase against Rochester Tigers in round two and top-order batsmen Andrew Kent (39 average), Daniel Kent (40.67) and Andrew Elborough (45) have been clinical in their run-scoring abilities.
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