The undefeated start to the Rochester Tigers' season continued on Saturday.LUKE MCMANUS December 16, 2013 4:22am
Rochester Tigers captain Grant Wachter’s dream of an unblemished start to the 2013-14 season came to fruition after winning a hard-fought contest against Echuca South on Saturday.
Wachter will rest easy during the Christmas break knowing his side’s unbeaten run remained intact following the Tigers’ 14-run victory in their one-day clash at Echuca South Oval.
Posting a competitive 184 runs first up, the Tigers were made to work hard for their spoils on a batsman’s paradise, eventually bowling the home side out for 170 with the final delivery of the day.
Once again it was the reigning premier’s top order which inflicted the bulk of the damage, with Brad Major (48), Adam Ward (44) and Darcy Geyer (47) adding impressive knocks to their ever-growing season run tallies.
The trio teamed up in partnerships worth 124 runs to help guide the Tigers to 4/159 before losing just the two wickets before the close of innings.
Each averaging more than 32 runs this season, Wachter said it was a luxury for his side to possess a top order capable of posting big scores.
Even in the absence of opener Matthew Stokes, the ‘‘depth and flexibility’’ of the Tigers outfit meant Wachter had plenty of options to choose from to help fill the void.
‘‘Over the last couple of seasons, Brad Major, Sean Williams and even Adam Ward has opened for us so they all know what’s required and can fill that spot,’’ he said.
‘‘(Our top four) have been really good this season. Building partnerships early on means blokes down the order can press on and really set us up for decent totals.
‘‘It was a decent total (on Saturday). We still had our work cut out for us but we knew it was more than competitive.’’
In reply, the Swans battled hard to keep their hopes alive but a steady stream of wickets by the Tigers restricted the home side’s capacity to build effective partnerships.
After losing opener Darcy Wilson and vice-captain Keith Chalmers cheaply, Mark Peterson (27) hung around to boost the score to 2/44 before he was trapped lbw, handing Wachter (4/42) his second wicket of the afternoon.
Fresh from his century last start, Swans wicket-keeper Justin Saker notched a superb half-century, scoring most of the runs in his 56-run stand with Hamish Lewis.
Coasting at 3/100, Echuca South looked the goods until the quick wickets of Lewis (17), Saker (58) and Michael McDowell (7) had the home side buckling under the improved bowling of the Tigers.
‘‘(Echuca South) went about it really well, they built their innings nicely,’’ Wachter said.
‘‘Only three wickets down at drinks, we knew they had the up to launch.
‘‘Our bowling was slightly down. We would bowl four or five dots in the over but it was a loose final ball which gifted them runs and released the pressure.
‘‘Except for (Brad) Major, he bowled really well.’’
Major (2/23) chimed in with his first wicket, providing Jake Wright catching practice to dismiss Lewis, before knocking over McDowell’s castle.
Ward (1/25) produced the key wicket of Saker.
Despite starts with the bat from Mitchell McMullan (16) and Marcus Roberts (17), the Swans’ momentum diminished on their way to finishing all out for 170 after 40 overs.
Rochester Tigers will now set their sights on their round eight clash with the undefeated Kyabram Fire Brigade.
Water has been returned to Kinnairds and Black wetlands to help with their revitalisation after bushfire damaged them in February.
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Matches were split up over Good Friday and Easter Saturday throughout the region.
Painter Ben Winspear and Scott Wileman will create new works as the public look on during the at Rochester Art Exhibition.
Kyabram Bombers have the chance to beat Rochester under light for the first time this Friday evening.
Lions star recruit had a tough introduction to the GVFL.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Eighty residents at a forum determined the Heathcote Community Plan was on track but need some fine tuning.
Cobram skate park hosts skateboarding and music for youth week.
Senior state minister Adrian Piccoli reaquainted himself with Deniliquin yesterday, leaving Deniliquin Counil hopeful it has an ally in him.
With his blue eyes and snow-coloured coat, Nanneella horse Sinatra has looks worthy of a fairytale.
Fourteen-year-old Benalla girl Jaimee Linke will launch her debut novel next month.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.