Steadfast South holds on to not be defeated outright.ZACH HUBBER January 21, 2013 4:47am
Moama attempted a late surge to clinch an outright victory against Echuca South but fell 21 runs short in the Goulburn Murray Cricket A garde match at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Having sewn up first innings points on day one, the home side was intent on gaining another eight points to help boost its position on the ladder.
Kyle Phipps and Jake Toll resumed at the crease with the side at 7/125.
The pair batted for 10 overs before Toll launched a delivery to long on and down the fieldsman’s throat.
Moama captain Cam Parker only envisaged batting for 12 overs and was happy to declare with his side about 50 runs in front.
The visitors batted patiently as they tried to restore confidence in the order.
South captain Keith Chalmers led the way with 37, but Moama bowler James Scambler gave his side every chance of pulling off an outright win after snaring four wickets.
Joel Murphy and Kirk Teasdale also claimed wickets as South set Moama the task of making 83 for victory in just nine overs.
The home side went out swinging but ultimately fell short.
Opener Ralph Siede made 44 not out as Moama finished at 5/62.
Parker said the aim at the start of the day was to win outright.
‘‘We had to chop and change a little bit with our bowlers, but to South’s credit they stuck it out for a while,’’ he said.
‘‘There was a spell in the middle there when we got a few wickets in a row, but they batted well at the start and towards the end.’’
Despite the result, Parker said he was still to happy to have won.
‘‘On paper it looks like we won quite comfortably, but it was much closer,’’ he said.
‘‘From our point of view it felt close all game. They made it very hard for us.’’
Looking forward, the captain said his batsmen needed to perform and not depend on the middle and lower orders.
‘‘Our fielding and bowling has been good in all forms, but out batting needs to improve,’’ he said.
‘‘We’re not batting in partnerships, so there’s a few thing we can work on there.’’
Moama travels to Cooma next week for a one-day encounter, before matches against Rochester Tigers and Fire Brigade.
Parker said he was looking forward to the tough run home.
‘‘If we can win those games comprehensively it’ll give us a lot of confidence going into the finals,’’ he said.
‘‘On the other hand, if we lose them, we’ll have to reassess and work on a few things.’’
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