A LATE charge by Dylan Cuttriss has kept Rochester United in the fight in the club’s two-day game against Echuca.
United suffered serious issues in the top order, unable to put together major partnerships throughout the game.
It wasn’t until Cuttriss entered at the fall of the fifth wicket that United were able to take some degree of control in the game, scoring 75.
The day was also effected when time was lost due to the storms after a few short hours of play.
Winning the toss, Echuca sent United in to bat, and made an early inroad with Matthew Hinks claiming the dangerous Jordan Garrett for three with just 19 on the board.
United struggled in the early stages of the game to put together a meaningful partnership, with Corey Windridge joining his partner in the sheds just 14 runs later.
United captain Tim Bubb was the next to fall, his wicket leaving United in an undesirable position at 3/64.
With the ladder leaders in a vulnerable position in the match, Maddox immediately struck, leaving United at 4/64 as Sean Williams joined his teammates in the sheds.
Brodan Evans was the next to fall for United, after adding 11 to the score, and Rochester were reeling at 5/85.
Dylan Cuttriss, made his way to the crease, joining Tim Rasmussen, who was fresh off scoring 63 the week before against Rochester Tigers.
Rasmussen would fall 11 runs later, but Cuttriss took control of the innings, scoring strongly in a 56 run partnership with Angus Martin, followed by a 48 run partnership with Stephen Rasmussen.
When Cuttriss finally fell to Josh Preston, his 75 had gone a long way to steady the ship, taking United to 8/200.
With Myles Wade falling shortly after for a duck, Mark McFarlane and Rasmussen held their nerve to the end of the day closing out play on 9/223.
While Cuttriss’ performance with the bat played a key role in giving United a foot hole in the game, the bowling attack led by Maddox had clear control.
Contributions of two wickets a piece to Matthew Hinks and Josh Preston also made a major difference to the match.
■ ACROSS the border in Moama, Rochester Tigers were finding their own struggles.
After losing their first wicket in the opening over, it was slow scoring for the opening stages of play.
The Tigers struggled to stand up to the pressure of Moama’s bowling for the opening 10 overs, scoring at just over two an over.
With the rain setting in to close play early, the Tigers sit at 4/50, with Adam Ward remaining at the crease.
The side will be further hurt by Ward’s absence next week, meaning they will be without one of their premier bastman as they attempt to survive Moama’s attack on the second day of play.