GOULBURN Murray Cricket began its 2017-18 on the weekend, with both of Rochester’s teams getting wins.
Rochester United opened its account with a 44-run victory over Bamawm-Lockington United.
United batted first, compiling 9/139 off its 45 overs. English import Jordan Garrett led the charge with the bat, scoring a strong 53.
Tim Bubb also contributed a solid 26.
Bamawm-Lockington were bowled out for 95, with the wickets spread throughout United’s attack. Debutant Myles Wade took three wickets while Liam Ringin, Brodan Evans and Mark McFarlane each claimed two.
United captain Bubb spoke highly of the team’s performance, despite being undermanned.
“It was a good start to the season,’’ Bubb said.
‘‘We were a little undermanned, particularly in the bowling area. But for the boys to perform like they did was really good.”
He also spoke highly of debutant Myles Wade.
“Myles is great,’’ Bubb said.
‘‘He doesn’t bowl many bad balls, and he’s hard to score off. He’s going to fit in great with how we play.”
Rochester Tigers also started its campaign with a big victory, defeating Cooma by 96 runs.
Batting first, the Tigers were led by captain Jake Wright who top scored with 79.
Richard Forrest also contributed 30 as the Tigers made a total of 188.
Wright also took the wicket of Stephen Barrett, but a 4/15 spell for Kevin Gillin and 3/9 from Adam Ward did the damage, as Cooma were dismissed for 92.
The results saw the Tigers close the opening round of the season in fourth place, while United sit fifth.
In the other games of the round, an unbeaten 132 from Layton McCann and six wickets to Anthony McMahon guided Moama to a victory against Tongala.
Kyabram Fire Brigade defeated Echuca South off the back of an 80 Brett Andison, and Echuca defeated Stanhope by seven wickets.
In the upcoming round two fixtures, the Tigers take on Kyabram Fire Brigade while United take on Tongala.