Batting collapse leaves Rochy on back foot

By Brayden May

LOOKS can be deceiving - just ask Rochester's cricketers.

After winning the toss and electing to bat at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday, Rochy believed they had the upper hand in what appeared to be perfect batting conditions.

But despite making the first drinks break at 0/35, the visitors were soon in a world of pain as they were dismissed for 92 on day one of their Goulburn Murray Cricket match.

“There was a lot more sideways movement than we were expecting there to be,” opener Tim Bubb said.

“It looked like a great pitch to bat on but Moama bowled an extremely tight line and made the most of the conditions.

“We're a young side so we're definitely going to learn from this experience. The pressure only grew when more wickets started to fall so it was definitely a massive learning curve.

“But I'm sure the boys will be able to respond next time they go out to bat.”

While the possibility of a reverse outright result remains possible, Bubb said he and his teammates won't be thinking too far ahead.

“Almost everything would have to go right for us to win the game,” he said.

“I'm sure we will get the opportunity to bat and it will be about making sure we dig in and take the elements of risk out of our game.

“Hopefully a couple of us can go on and make a big score.”

In response, Moama reached 5/105 from 38 overs with captain Sean Williams leading the way with two wickets.

●ROCHESTER'S weekend of cricket continued on Sunday as the club took part in the finals of the GMC's T20 Challenge.

Although, their day faced an early ending after going down to eventual winners Bamawm Lockington United by seven runs.

After being sent into the field by BLU, Rochester were able to restrict their opponents to 7/120 with Angus Martin and Waugh George taking two wickets apiece.

In response, Rochester reached 6/113 as Blake Martin top scored with 40 runs.

Skipper Sean Williams said he was pleased with how his team performed throughout the competition.

“It's a massive to have made the finals, it will do wonders for our younger guys especially,” he said.

“I thought our bowling effort was great because we've put it on each other to improve that area of our game.

“Hopefully it can translate into our regular matches on a Saturday.”