Rochester team leading allcomers in the Goulburn Murray Cricket competition.GEORDIE COWAN December 10, 2012 4:18am
Tongala will want to quickly erase this round from its memory after being dominated by Goulburn Murray Cricket ladder-leader Rochester United on Saturday.
Already facing a big deficit going into the second day’s play at Rochester, the Blues succeeded in bowling the home team out but failed in its quest to stave off its hungry bowling attack as it was dismissed for less than 65 for the second time in the match.
United completed the innings and 127-run result after less than 50 overs were bowled on Saturday, making the most of its positive start last week.
After bowling Tongala out for 57 and making 5/169 on the first day, United focused on giving the lower-order a chance to bat at the start of the second day to establish a healthy first-innings lead.
Brad Sommerville (26) and Colin Griggs (21) were the main contributors as the team finished on 245, with Darin Ohlsen taking three of the five remaining wickets to finish with four for the innings.
David Currie also captured three wickets, while Adam Nunn was the other wicket-taker on Saturday.
Faced with a deficit of 188 and 55 overs left in the day, the Blues were aiming to bat out the remaining time.
However, the United bowling attack had other ideas and, again led by Griggs, left Tongala’s batsmen in its wake.
The Blues were all out for 61, with Griggs superb once more with 3/14 — giving him match figures of 9/31 — and Jake Perry chipping in with 3/18.
Liam Ringin took two wickets in his first outing for United opening the bowling and Nick O’Connor claimed the final wicket in the rout.
Currie top-scored with 19.
United captain Dylan Cuttriss said it was an almost perfect performance from his side.
‘‘We seemed to do everything right most of the game,’’ he said.
‘‘We were always going to give our blokes every opportunity to bat and then see what happened.
‘‘As it turned out we batted quite well and bowled very well.’’
Continuing the side’s unbeaten start to the season, Cuttriss said the outright win helped the team keep its spot on top of the ladder, but urged the players to keep striving for their best.
‘‘We don’t want to get complacent,’’ he said.
‘‘We want to keep winning and have a good gap by Christmas.
‘‘But I’m just really happy with the way we have played as a team over the last couple of weeks.’’
Tongala captain Adam Nunn said the result was a case of United playing well and his team not performing to its best.
‘‘They are a good bowling team and we didn’t bat that well,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of improvement needs to be done to be where we want to be.’’
Nunn said the team would focus on getting back to basics as it seeks to establish a bit of form.
‘‘We have probably gone into our shell a little in the two-dayers,’’ he said.
‘‘We were fairly attacking in the one-dayers, so we need to get back to that and get a bit of form going again.’’
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