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Rochester United batsmen finally hit their stride

United celebrated its most complete performance for the year.

GEORDIE COWAN December 17, 2013 4:37am

Tim Bubb scored 54 not out for Rochester United. Photo: Bruce Povey


Rochester United made the most of playing against an under-strength Cooma to dominate their clash at Rochester Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

Half-centuries to Tim Bubb and Steve Rasmussen resulted in United moving back into the top six after the win, during which it produced its best batting performance of the year.

The team finished on 5/208 and then bowled out the visitors for just 55, who saw Ryan Burt and Jack Elliott make their A grade debuts.

After winning the toss and batting, Bubb and Luke Deutscher (21) started well before the opener was bowled by young Cooma paceman Elliott (1/25).

Bubb, showing great determination to protect his wicket after a disappointing start to the season, then combined with Steve Rasmussen for a big partnership of about 130.

United players and supporters alike would have been thrilled to see Rasmussen’s flamboyant innings of 75, which was his highest score in more than five years and the first half-century since returning from an injury in January.

When Mitch Barrett eventually ended Rasmussen’s innings, Hamish Hooppell (19) and Sam Frawley (14) chipped in to help take the score beyond 200, while Bubb anchored the innings to bat out the overs and finish on 54 not out.

Nick Hubble (2/37) was again Cooma’s leading wicket-taker, while Wil Jackson bowled superbly to concede only 11 runs in his eight overs.

A catastrophic start ended the visitors’ faint hopes of victory as they fell to 4/6, with Liam Ringin (2/4), a run out and Jake Perry (1/26) striking.

Michael Hill (11) and Jackson (19) added 27 runs for the fifth wicket before Nick O’Connor (2/8) produced the breakthrough.

Jesse Cuttriss then tore through the tail to finish with 4/10 as United won by 153 runs.

United captain Bubb said it was the first complete performance from his side all season.

‘‘It is the first time we have put it all together — batting, bowling and fielding,’’ he said.

The captain said after a poor season with the bat, the focus had been on protecting wickets until drinks.

‘‘We just haven’t been getting away to good starts,’’ Bubb said.

‘‘So the aim was to only be one or two down at drinks and go on to post a big score.

‘‘At 20 overs, I was realistically thinking we would get 160 to 170, but to get 200 was unbelievable.’’

Bubb said the bowlers then built up the pressure by restricting runs, resulting in wickets as the Cooma batsmen hit out.

‘‘We bowled maiden overs early on and they had to score at a pretty good run rate,’’ he said.

‘‘It was all about building pressure with dot balls and got them playing silly shots because they had to make the runs.’’

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