ENGLISH import Jordan Garrett has made an impact in his opening months at Rochester United, but saved his best knock to date for Thursday night’s Twenty20 against Cooma.
United, who entered the game with a perfect record in both the A grade competition and T20, won the toss and batted and had Garrett to thank for a 6/176 total — putting it in a brilliant position.
Early on it had been all Cooma, as Liam Barrett picked up a couple of early wickets.
He had Corey Windridge caught for four and then bowled Ashley Gray to have United on the ropes at 2/5.
But it was Cooma’s last moment to celebrate for a while as Garrett and Cameron Taylor started building a partnership to take control of the game.
The pair added 111, and moved United to 3/116 before Taylor was caught off the bowling of Kyle Winter-Irving for 47.
However, T20 skipper Garrett didn’t miss a beat, smashing his way to a sensational century and helping United to its massive score. He was caught soon after, falling to the bowling of Drew Barrett.
Too little, too late; the damage for Cooma was done, needing to chase down a monster total.
And it had to deal with danger man Dylan Cuttriss, who picked up the important wickets of Cooma openers Michael Hill (12) and Andrew Appleton (8).
It fell to 2/30 but got another brilliant contribution from under 16 and B grade regular Ethan Palma-Ludeman.
He hit two fours and a six on his way to 27, and got help from Winter-Irving as the pair put on 48.
Winter-Irving continued on and found some boundaries, with three fours and a six helping him to 48 not out.
Liam Barrett chipped in with an unbeaten 21 but the run rate had run out of overs and Cooma, despite having wickets in hand, fell 33 runs short when its 20 overs were finished.
But Cooma’s round one win against Echuca South, combined with a strong percentage, was enough to take it through to the semi-finals, where it will face Moama.
■LEITCHVILLE-GUNBOWER will be United’s opponent in Sunday’s semi-finals after knocking off Echuca on Thursday.
Zane Keighran (48) and James Ryan (43) were the driving forces behind a 6/172 total, while Samuel Colvin and Todd Gelletly both picked up three wickets to limit Echuca to 111 all out.
Two straight wins meant LG would move through to the semi-final, to be played at Victoria Park, in third position.
■BAMAWM-LOCKINGTON United narrowly missed progressing to the semi-finals, but still was able to end its T20 campaign with a win.
It hit 5/128 with the bat, thanks largely to a 50 from Mathew Chasemore. Chris Smith (29) and Mark Ryan (21) also chipped in towards the competitive total.
The Tigers put up a fight and got within five runs of the win, but ran out of time with United taking the points.
■MOAMA progressed through to the semi-finals with two wins from two games.
It tore through Echuca South to keep it to 9/89, easily chasing the target down with nine overs to spare.
Moama will host Cooma in the semis.