The race for the inaugural Goulburn Murray Cricket crown is heating up, with Kyabram Fire Brigade producing one of its best batting performances of the season on day one of its round 11 clash with Moama.DAMEN FRANCIS February 18, 2013 4:20am
The race for the inaugural Goulburn Murray Cricket crown is heating up, with Kyabram Fire Brigade producing one of its best batting performances of the season on day one of its round 11 clash with Moama.
The Flames tallied 290 in 72.5 overs at Moama Oval, on the back of a well-crafted 88 from star opener Paul Newman.
It was Newman’s highest score of the season and served as a timely reminder of the title threat offered by last season’s Kyabram District Cricket Association champions.
Opening partner Danny Kent made 37 of the 114-run first-wicket partnership and the visitors lost nothing when captain David Newman (48) and Andrew Elborough (31) arrived at the crease.
However, the Flames fell away badly from that point on and were all out with seven overs still to bat.
The skipper was pleased with the effort, but admitted it could have been even better.
‘‘Conditions were good, it’s a fast outfield at Moama and they probably have the best facilities in the competition,’’ Newman said.
‘‘It’s a pretty good score, (but) we got off to a good start and it was a bit disappointing to only get 290.
‘‘The last five or so wickets were from bad shots, but at least we have something to defend.’’
Fire Brigade is assured of a finals place, but would love to take some winning form into the post-season as it will likely have to make a run at the title from sixth place.
The sight of the Newman brothers at the crease for an extended period would have been welcome for Flames fans so close to finals, but less so for the home support.
Moama currently lies fourth and has been at the top end of the table for much of the season.
While Saturday will not go down as a vintage day for the club’s bowlers, they showed plenty of grit to fight back and keep the visitors below 300.
‘‘They’re a very good side and they bowled well after tea,’’ Newman said.
‘‘They took the pace off the ball a bit with spin and slow mediums and that made it hard for us to hit boundaries.
‘‘(Paul) batted well, he really knuckled down.’’
Alistair McCann (4-68) and Jade Bennett (3-26) were the pick of the bowlers for the home side.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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