Blues captain Andrew Good is banking on his bowlers to upset the flames at Moama Oval tomorrow.LUKE MCMANUS March 14, 2014 4:30am
Tongala captain Andrew Good believes his side boasts one of the strongest bowling attacks in Goulburn Murray Cricket.
But will it be enough to challenge Kyabram Fire Brigade for the 2013-14 premiership at Moama Oval tomorrow?
Darin Ohlsen, A grade’s leading wicket taker this season, combined with Good and paceman Andrew Nunn to demolish the then undefeated Rochester Tigers in a thrilling preliminary final win last Sunday.
Ohlsen (5/46) took his season’s fourth five-wicket haul and Nunn (2/38) dispelled doubts surrounding a troublesome injury with an important 19-over spell, the paceman’s longest stint with the ball for the season.
‘‘We bowled and fielded really well,’’ Good said.
‘‘Not everyone could get a bowl which was unfortunate but when the game’s in the balance, you just have to play it by year and do what you have to do.
‘‘Thankfully, Ohlsen, Nunny (Adam Nunn) and myself were bowling well enough.
‘‘The most exciting thing was Nunny’s spell. Getting him right for finals has been a major bonus. It means we now have another bowler capable of taking wickets.’’
Good said the variation and depth of his attack troubled the best teams in the competition and played a major part in Tongala finishing an unlikely fourth place.
The Blues featured one less win than a lower-placed Moama, their finals campaign saved by two outright wins secured earlier on the piece, against cellar dwellers Northern United and Stanhope.
‘‘The way we were travelling, I didn’t think we would reach the grand final,’’ Good said.
‘‘Our batting has struggled all season so we’re hoping our bowling can really feature in this game and go a long way to helping us win.
‘‘Saying that you can’t rely on one area. Quite a few of our players are due for runs so hopefully they can hit some form at the right time and we can get enough runs on the board.’’
Tongala needs all the firepower it can muster to contend with the might of Kyabram Fire Brigade.
Skipper Daniel Kent has a well-balanced team at his disposal tomorrow, with the Flames’ overseas talent Tyrone Isitt (South Africa) and Joe Taylor (England) leading the way.
Isitt is a proven match-winner, with the bat and ball, while Taylor is fresh from a quality 81-run knock against Echuca last weekend.
One of the Flames’ strengths this season has been the depth of its batting according to their skipper, contributing to important partnerships and notable scorelines throughout its near-flawless 2013-14.
‘‘Our form has been pretty good all season, there’s been a couple of times we’ve been in trouble with the bat but we’ve been able to dig ourselves out,’’ Kent said.
‘‘We don’t rely on one or two guys. A sign of a good side is having 11 contributors.
‘‘To have our number seven come in and make 30 runs at the end of an innings, can make all the difference.’’
Bolstered by this strength and up against an opposition with a shaky batting card in Tongala, Kent has already outlined his intentions.
‘‘I think early wickets can really put them on the back foot, they haven’t made too many big scores this season,’’ Kent said.
‘‘Saying that they do have a dangerous middle-order, so taking some early wickets might trigger some demons that might be in the back of their minds.’’
Kent will go in with an unchanged line-up that claimed a 102-run win against Echuca on Sunday but made a special mention to Brett Andison who missed out on selection due to prior commitments.
Tongala’s Good made one change overnight which will see Chris Hamilton replace Mark Scown.
The SAM Foundation has received a further philanthropic contribution of $1 million towards the new Shepparton Art Museum.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Two people have been arrested and thousands of dollars in drugs and property found in a major raid in Corop early Monday.
FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
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Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
Members of a Cobram social group have encouraged women to become a part of community groups, committees and boards.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
Fonterra suppliers are reeling after the announcement of a big cut in the milk price from $5.60/kg to $5 for the full current year.
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