A quick-fire 103 not out by Quinn Rooney has helped the Falcons to an impressive six-wicket victory over Tooma in round eight of the Tumbarumba District Cricket Association (TDCA) competition at Tooma Cricket Ground on Saturday.
In an enterprising innings that last only 15 overs, Rooney looked as though he wanted to be somewhere else in a hurry, belting 19 boundaries, including two shots that cleared the rope.
Tooma had won the toss, and elected to bat but were all out for 167 after 36.4 overs, with Mathew McCallum top scoring with 63, while Liam McCallum would add 38 and Tom Ross a further 19 runs.
Rooney led with the ball too, taking 4/40, while Charanjiv Singh and Jordan Dennis did their part for the Falcons, taking 3/27 and 2/21 respectively.
In reply, Falcons blasted their way to the big win, with Jock Rixon (26) and Charanjiv Singh (20) ably assisting a hard-hitting Rooney.
Whilst Rooney’s exploits will dominate the headlines, he was quick to praise his teammates, hinting it was very much a team win.
“We got the ball first and our opening bowlers did a good job claiming a couple of wickets for not many runs,” Rooney said.
“Matt McCullum was solid with the bat and any mistakes by a bowler ended in boundaries.”
Rooney said a fast outfield didn’t help Tooma, who were also missing key cogs in their bowling attack.
“I opened the batting and with the speed of the outfield, (I hit) boundaries whenever I could find the gaps,” Rooney said.
“Tooma brought a pair of spinners on after the openers but they didn’t have much luck with the smaller, fast boundary (and) Jock Rixon and Charanjiv Singh both scored as quickly as I did, and with Tooma missing two of their bowlers, there wasn’t much they could do to slow the run rate.”
The TDCA will now have another bye, with the annual six-a-side competition to be hosted on Saturday.
Following that, Tooma will have another week to lick their wounds when on the bye in round nine of the competition, while the Falcons play the top of the table All Stars in Tumbarumba.