TWO standout innings have guided Rochester United to a comfortable win against Echuca South in Goulburn Murray Cricket’s A grade on Saturday.
Jordan Garrett and Tim Rasmussen both played brilliantly and it was much-needed for United, with the other batsmen finding it difficult to go on with the job and build a total.
After winning the toss and batting, captain Tim Bubb (7) was the first to go, bowled by South’s Jake Toll in the first of three wickets for him.
But Garrett continued to show the class that has led him to more than 200 runs in his first four innings for United, and did the bulk of the scoring in a partnership with Sean Williams.
Garrett went for 73 with the score 2/105, and Williams was run out soon after, Rochester still with plenty of work to do at 3/112.
It was left to Rasmussen, who stayed strong while the wickets fell around him to make an unbeaten 79, guiding the side to a 7/228.
Toll was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, Dylon Haimes with the important wicket of Garrett in his spell of 2/39.
South needed to see an improvement from its top order and got it through Luke Thompson, who bounced back from last week’s duck to make a strong 43.
But more support was needed, Hugh Nelson (5) and Chris Uys (11) among the early departures while middle-order key and South captain Brad Jones was caught off the bowling of Brodan Evans, his side 4/88 and in a hole.
The wickets kept falling, Jesse Cuttriss taking 3/11 in four overs to clean through the middle-order in his first A grade game for the season.
South made it through the 45 overs but was well off the pace, finishing 82 runs short on 9/146.
United moved back to its now-traditional place on the top of the A grade ladder, now the only undefeated team after Moama fell to Kyabram Fire Brigade.
It faces Stanhope at home this weekend in what seems another winnable game.
■ROCHESTER Tigers fell agonisingly short against Tongala in other Saturday action, missing a chance to move inside the GMC A grade top four.
Tongala won the toss and batted and had Darin Ohlsen to thank for a competitive total.