THE BOWLERS were the catalyst in both games involving locals on Saturday.
Dylan Cuttriss was the destroyer for Rochester with five wickets.
While Moama’s Darcy Elliott stole the show as BLU fell to pieces.
Chasing 314, it was always going to be an uphill battle for BLU, and the side dropped an early wicket.
In a position they could recover from easily at 1/4, Elliott took the game into his own hands.
Joseph Hamilton was gone for a duck.
James McPhee followed.
Then Luke Deeprose.
Neither had troubled the scorers.
Nathan Neville was the shining light, making 54 for his side, but Elliott took him out as well.
Shannon Bish was gone for a duck soon after, as Elliott raised the ball.
The final light for BLU was Jason Turner, who made 42.
But when he found himself on the way back to the pavilion, his team was all out for 107 and at serious risk of dropping the game in a two-innings defeat.
Elliot had taken 6/29, one of the best individual performances of the season for a bowler, to set his team up for victory.
And with barely the time to ask each other what just happened, BLU were back at the crease.
And Elliott was ready to go, knocking over openers Josh Cairns and Neville in quick succession.
But with McPhee making 27 and Deeprose unbeaten on 29, BLU were able to avoid the embarrassment of a two-innings defeat — just.
Closing play at 8/82, BLU would have to look back at this as one of their worst results in recent times.
At the Cooma Recreational Reserve, the ball was also doing the talking.
This time in the hands of Rochester veteran Dylan Cuttriss.
With Rochy underperforming on the opening day of play, scoring just 136, the bowlers had a fair bit of work to do.
Cuttriss dismissed both openers — Stephen Barrett for 30 and Samuel Langley for 12 — to start the innings for Rochester.
He added recognised batsmen Jacob Kelly (11), Ethan Palma-Ludeman (20) and Andrew Ciavarella (0) to his haul as Rochester rolled Cooma for 117 to nail another win.
The victory locks Rochester into the top four, while BLU’s recent form has seen them slide out of the top end of the table.