It took 12 rounds and a Herculean performance from Kyabram Fire Brigade bowler Michael Mattingly, but Rochester United’s winning run is finally over.
Chasing Kyabram Fire Brigade’s 324 from the previous week, United was unable to get going and was dismissed for 107 — its first defeat of the season.
United’s opening pair of Corey Windridge and Jordan Garrett put on 23 for the first wicket before Garrett was caught off the bowling of Brodie Unwin.
Captain Tim Bubb was at the crease earlier than he anticipated, but could only manage nine before becoming Mattingly’s first victim.
Windridge was not far behind him in the walk back to the sheds, leaving United struggling at 3/45.
Dylan Cuttriss and Tim Rasmussen were charged with steadying the ship, but only added 17 before Cuttriss fell for nine.
New man Stephen Rasmussen did not last long, becoming Mattingly’s third wicket for a duck.
Jesse Cuttriss joined Tim Rasmussen and the two put on one of the biggest partnerships of the day, adding 22 to the total.
The partnership ended when Mattingly struck again, removing Tim Rasmussen for nine and having Rochy in serious trouble at 6/85.
Two runs later Cuttriss was in the pavilion, along with new man Angus Martin and the run chase was effectively over as United was reduced to 8/87.
Liam Ringin and Jake Perry aimed to provide some late order resistance, with Perry scoring well for an unbeaten 13.
Final man Myles Wade could only manage two and United was all out for 107.
Windridge was the top scorer for United, making a solid 29, but the story of the day was the Flames’ Michael Mattingly.
The Kyabram bowler finished with figures of 6/34, guiding his team to the win.
The win, along with a loss to Moama, saw Kyabram take outright second place on the ladder.
Despite the loss, United remain untouchable on top of the ladder, locking in a home final.
■ ACROSS the reserve, Rochester Tigers also suffered a loss.
Resuming their innings at 2/5, the Tigers were only able to add 53 runs inn their innings.
Jake Wright, fresh off taking five wickets in the first day of the game’s play, was also the top scorer for the Tigers, racking up a score of 17.
But there was no resistance from the rest of the Tigers batting, with the team dismissed for a disappointing 58 from 21 overs.
BLU made the decision to send the Tigers back in, this time producing a far stronger performance.
Wright was promoted to open the batting, scoring 32 to save face for the Tigers.
Travis Gillin was the top scorer for the Tigers, making an unbeaten 37.
After 28 overs, the game was closed with the Tigers on 3/128.