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Winning formula

By Andrew Johnston

Cobram’s opening batsmen dominated the weekend’s cricket action — with both the bat and the ball.

A six-wicket haul from Wian Van Zyl and 114 and three wickets for Ewald Roberts saw Cobram dominate its two-day match against Tocumwal, claiming outright victory, by an innings and 18 runs.

The result sees Cobram maintain its position at the top end of the table with two rounds of play left.

Tocumwal put itself in to bat, a decision it would later regret.

A reasonable opening stand from Daniel Hibberd and Jesse Barker saw the team at 0-58.

Cue the collapse.

Tocumwal lost 10-32 in one of the most stunning collapses in the competition this season to be all out for 90 off just 49.2 overs.

Van Zyl was the chief destroyer, claiming 6-16 off 15 overs, including bowling five maidens.

His opening partner, Roberts, claimed one wicket from his seven overs, but was about to be the star of the match.

With an outright victory well and truly in sights, Cobram batted like it was a on-day game.

Big hitter Roberts smashed 15 4’s en route to 114 off just 135 balls, as his team made 251 off just 45.5 overs, before calling the innings at Robert’ dismissal.

Tyron Baden (52) and Manuele Artavilla (49) also made significant contributions to the score.

With a 161-run lead, Cobram looked good as home at the declaration.

But they wanted the outright.

Tocumwal made it work slightly harder for it in the second dig — Bradley House and Ranji Oliver both made half centuries — but the result was never in doubt.

Adam Decicco claimed four poles opening the bowling, while Roberts popped up again with two wickets.

Cobram wrapped the game up with relative ease, claiming the rare innings victory.

A somewhat unlikely result against a Katamatite side which has been very good in 2018-19, but a huge boost for Cobram as it heads towards finals.