The stage was set for a hero and a villain, but in the end the Goulburn Murray Cricket match between Cooma and Echuca produced neither.DAMEN FRANCIS December 17, 2012 4:20am
Tongala batsman Lenny Threlfall pounces on a short ball during his side’s Goulburn Murray Cricket D-grade match against Kyabram Fire Brigade on Saturday. Tongala won the match by 32 runs.
The stage was set for a hero and a villain, but in the end the Goulburn Murray Cricket match between Cooma and Echuca produced neither.
Echuca needed five runs off the last over to win and managed four, before Wil Jackson knocked over Simon Maddox with the final ball to leaves scores tied at 119.
Jackson’s over had everything — a wide, dot balls, a ball worked down the leg-side for three and the wicket.
It was heartbreak for Maddox, who had shared in an 18-run final-wicket stand with tail-ender Chris Russell, only to fall short of saving the day.
‘‘They did a really good job to get us level,’’ Echuca skipper Brendan Prendergast said.
‘‘We didn’t bat well enough to win the game .
‘‘It would have been really good to win with other games washed out, so it would have been good to have that advantage.’’
The contest was up and down from the start.
Echuca won the toss and sent Cooma in to bat, but opening pair Stephen Barrett (60) and Nick Hubble (13) guided the visitors to 80 without loss.
However, when Robert Hogan finally got the breakthrough it triggered an extraordinary collapse, with not one other batsman reaching double figures, as 10 wickets fell for 39 runs.
Hogan finished with 3-20, Brandon Dixon 3-19 and Maddox 3-22.
‘‘We didn’t bowl badly, (Barrett) batted well,’’ Prendergast said.
‘‘Our five bowlers all did a good job, Chris Russell did well opening the bowling without getting a wicket and the others basically shared the wickets between them.
‘‘We might have given up one chance and a couple of half chances, but they are the sort of chances good sides take.’’
Echuca’s innings was more spread, with five batsmen reaching double figures, while Liam Barrett snared 4-22 for Cooma with the ball.
In Saturday’s other result, Rochester Tigers crushed Bamawm-Lockington United by eight wickets at Windridge Oval, chasing down the visitors’ paltry 43 in just eight overs.
The matches between Tongala and Kyabram Fire Brigade and Moama and Rochester United were washed out and the points shared.
In the final match of the round, Echuca South grabbed its first win of the season, in a two-run thriller at Bunnaloo yesterday.
A Shepparton man was car jacked on Colliver Rd Shepparton yesterday afternoon.
The Mulwala Lions took a huge step forward in the race for the Murray League title with a hard fought, low scoring, 15 point win, against the fancied Barooga outfit, in near perfect conditions at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
Chelsea Campbell is excited with her new business venture, after purchasing Carol Taylor’s hairdressing salon in Hogan St.
THE Echuca-Moama Country Music Festival will kick off next week at Moama RSL with three days of entertainment under the one roof.
NATIONAL tree day came early for Rochester Secondary College with 16 students planting 350 trees in little more than an hour on Thursday.
Goulburn Valley Water, in consultation with the Department of Health & Human Services, has lifted the Boil Water Notice for the township of Tongala.
Australian Army Cadets unit keeps winning awards.
Finley's well-respected Gordon Pyle will be remembered by the Southern Riverina community
HEATHCOTE Park Raceway was back in action on Sunday with a surprise for those expecting owner Russell Clarke to be enjoying his retirement.
Dozens of birds of all shapes and sizes flew the coop as Cobram hosted its inaugural poultry auction last Sunday.
Neil Buckley has been inducted as president of the Deniliquin Lions for the next 12 months.
Superior Seed Co ran a successful Winter Cropping Field Day at Deniliquin last week.
The Benalla Giants came out winners in both the under-14s and under-16s against the Benalla Bulldogs on the weekend.
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