Goulburn Murray Cricket held the quarter-finals of its Twenty20 competition on Thursday.ZACH HUBBER December 18, 2012 4:35am
Thursday evening’s Goulburn Murray Cricket Twenty20 quarter-finals delivered pulsating results and the odd upset before Saturday’s semi-finals and grand final at Rochester.
The match of the day belonged to Moama and Stanhope at Moama, with the visitors chasing down the home side’s total of 167 to win by three wickets with three balls to spare.
Moama captain Cam Parker opened the innings and smashed his way to 62, including three sixes, while James Scambler hit four sixes on his way to 37 off 17 balls.
Zac Dearing (3/28) was the pick of the bowlers, while Alec Young took two wickets.
Young then opened the batting to hit 20 off 22 balls, but his dismissal brought on Tyler Larkin, who carted his way to 85 off 60 balls, including four fours and four sixes.
Rohan Larkin (33) joined Tyler for a 75-run partnership before Kirk Teasdale (3/35) broke the deadlock.
The visitors stumbled to 7/157 but cool heads prevailed and Stanhope recorded an upset to advance to the semi-finals.
■ Three wickets each to Tongala captain Adam Nunn and Jordan Souter helped the Blues to their second win at Victoria Park this season, defeating Echuca by six wickets with three balls to spare.
Echuca won the toss and elected to bat, with James McQuillan (31) and Brendan Prendergast (20) proving the most defiant of the batsmen.
After losing Chris Hamilton (1) early, Tongala went about chasing Echuca’s total of 109, with Darin Ohlsen (37 not out) and Ben Scowen (28 not out) digging in to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Rob Hogan was the best of the Echuca bowlers with 2/15.
■ Three wickets and 34 runs for Bamawm-Lockington United captain Ben Docking was not enough to haul his team over the line against Fire Brigade on the road, losing by 12 runs.
The Flames batted first and finished 7/104, with Shannon Bish (3/8) also proving destructive with the ball for BLU.
In reply, the visitors could not get its run rate where it needed to be as they steadied after losing their openers early.
Ben McPhee chipped in with 18 and Tom Paganoni 18 not out, but time escaped BLU as it finished 5/92.
■ An opening 48-run partnership from Rochester United pair Tim Bubb (33) and Jake Perry (27) helped their side to 9/133 and an eventual 16-run win against Cooma at Cooma.
The home side battled with the run rate to finish at 9/117 after Colin Griggs (2/24) and two Liam Ringin run outs wore the side down.
■ Saturday’s semi-finals will start at noon at Windridge Oval and Rochester Recreation Reserve, before the grand final at 3.30pm.
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