Captain Daniel Kent is satisfied with how Kyabram Fire Brigade is travelling after his side posted its third straight win in Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday.By Matthew Galea
Three wins from three has Kyabram Fire Brigade captain Daniel Kent happy, but not satisfied.
Kyabram’s latest victory came against Cooma on Saturday, with Fire Brigade winning by two wickets with three balls to spare.
‘‘Looking at the draw, three wins from three before the bye next week was our goal,’’ Kent said.
‘‘We’ve done it without playing great cricket, though, and we’ve got a lot of tough games to come, so I think we’ll know where we’re at by Christmas.’’
Cooma took to the crease first, but some superb bowling from South African import Tyler Isitt and Englishman Joey Taylor went a long way to limiting the home side to 114 after its allotted 40 overs.
Isitt bowled five maidens from eight overs, taking the wickets of Russell Napier and Wil Jackson, as well as catching opener Nick Hubble and running out Liam Barrett.
‘‘Tyler’s bowling has been unplayable,’’ Kent said.
‘‘In the last two games he’s taken three wickets for six runs from 14 overs, so he’s playing really well.’’
Taylor took three wickets for Kyabram, including that of Cooma captain Michael Hill who made 50, while Brett White also bowled well, taking two wickets and bowling two maidens in eight overs.
‘‘We dropped Michael when he was on four, so that was disappointing,’’ Kent said.
‘‘But overall we were very happy with the bowling side of things.’’
However, the batting was a different story.
‘‘We were confident we could chase their score, but it was a really slow pitch and our batsmen just didn’t adjust,’’ Kent said.
‘‘Brayden (Stone) batted well, but our middle-order batting has to improve.
‘‘We’ve lost my brother Andy for the year with a snapped patella tendon, so that hurts us, but that means there is a great chance for someone else to come in and step up.’’
Stone scored 38 runs, but ducks for Matt Finn and Isitt started a quick mid-order collapse that made the final result tighter than Kent had hoped for.
Cooma’s best moments came with the ball, with Hubble bowling particularly well to take four wickets for 22 from his eight overs.
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