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South bowlers on top

Led by captain Mark Peterson and opening bowler Keith Chalmers, Echuca South earned a comfortable win against Cooma.

GEORDIE COWAN December 9, 2013 4:36am

Echuca South entered the top six of the Goulburn Murray Cricket for the first time this season after comfortably defeating Cooma on Saturday.

Having set a target of 203 for victory, accurate bowling from the Swans restricted the home side which was bowled out for just 85.

Cooma was sent in to bat again as South entertained the idea of an outright victory, but the victory was still a pleasing result for visiting captain Mark Peterson.

The left-armer starred with the ball to take 4/12 from 18.3 overs, which included 11 maidens.

Pace bowler Keith Chalmers was equally miserly in his long stint with the ball, finishing with 3/29 from 23 overs.

Cooma resumed at 1/13 with 75 overs remaining in the day, with Nick Hubble and Steve Barrett not out at the crease.

The pair provided a fair amount of resistance for the home side with a 33-run partnership, but Marcus Roberts provided the breakthrough when he had Hubble caught for 12.

Roberts (2/13) was again responsible for the next wicket, dismissing Barrett for 24 with captain Michael Hill (8) falling to Hamish Lewis (1/17) shortly after.

Tom Holman (15) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Peterson (1/6) and Justin Saker (1/11) took the wickets in Cooma’s second innings, which saw the team finish at 2/45 with Barrett finishing on 25 not out.

South captain Peterson said his bowlers could not have bowled any better and a great intensity was held in the field.

‘‘It was a really good effort,’’ he said.

‘‘When we went back out for the second innings we had a couple of extra guys bowl and they worked quite well as well.

‘‘It was good to keep that level throughout the day right until we called it quits.’’

On a difficult wicket to bat on, Peterson was pleased his team maintained its composure.

‘‘We were helped by the wicket ... but we didn’t get carried away and just kept maintaining that good line and length,’’ he said.

With the team now in the top six, the captain was looking ahead to the Tigers game next week.

‘‘If we can be competitive there, win, lose or draw we’ll go into Christmas pretty positive from a club perspective,’’ Peterson said.

Cooma captain Michael Hill said his team’s display was ‘‘one of the most disappointing days we’ve had’’.

‘‘I thought we were a pretty good show after we bowled pretty well the week before,’’ he said.

‘‘We started off all right, but we lost wickets at key stages and that held us back a bit.

‘‘To their credit they bowled quite well and tight. We had a couple of bad shot errors which really cost us.’’

Hill said the team would now focus on its two matches against Rochester United this week — in the Twenty20 on Thursday and the one-dayer on Saturday.

‘‘It is a pretty clutch game,’’ he said.

‘‘We are not in the greatest position, but we can only look up and play from here.

‘‘We are looking forward to the Twenty20 as it is a format we can back ourselves in.’’

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