Follow @Dean_Benson14A STRING of early dropped catches cost Moruya dearly on Saturday as the men in blue were beaten convincingly by Tuross Head at Kyla Oval.
The home side made the most of its second chances and went on to post 7/145 before Moruya was reduced to just 80 in reply.
Matt Sethi was the pick of the Tuross Head batsmen with a classy innings that ended on 34,while Barry Jones (29), Nathan Carruthers (28) and Les Roberts-Thompson (25) all provided valuable backup.
Brody Strahan’s figures of 2/21 were the best for Moruya but Brett Chown was arguably the pick of the visiting bowlers and showed good line and length on his way to 2/24.
Moruya skipper Scott Sullivan put in his usual reliable shift to finish with 1/25.
“Moruya bowled without luck as their opening bowlers created enough opportunities to open up our fragile batting line-up,” Tuross Head skipper Boyd Brennan said.
“Dropped catches early on cost Moruya from chasing a manageable total to one that was probably well out of their reach.”
Needing 146 for victory, Ross Wilkinson took the game to the Tuross bowlers and went on the attack before his luck ran out on 22.
Sullivan put in a steady captain’s knock for 17, while Chown, in what was an admirable all-round display, also finished with 17 runs.
AJ King made a solid start with the bat but failed to go on with his innings and returned to the sheds for 14.
Man of the match Roberts-Thompson finished off the job for the home side when he tore through Moruya’s tail end to finish with game-best figures of 3/6.
Brae Kelly (2/9) took care of Moruya’s top order with some aggressive bowling, while Jones and young debutant Alex Filmer-Smith were both unfortunate not to get more than a wicket each.
However, Tuross Head did more than enough to ensure it heads into a tricky run of matches with winning form.
“It was a good team effort from us, but we are under no illusions that the coming weeks will be tough as we take on the more fancied sides of the competition in the Bay Tigers and Broulee,” Brennan said.
MATCH WINNER: Les Roberts-Thompson was superb with both bat and ball for Tuross Head on Saturday. PHOTO: Dean Benson.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.