Tigers make a meal of Cats

November 28, 2016

Captain Ramadan Yze is faces up during a game earlier this year.

Sometimes, there is simply no stopping the Central Park-St Brendan’s juggernaut.

Mooroopna was on the end of a Tigers mauling on Saturday as the Cats were ripped apart in the Haisman Shield clash.

Deakin Reserve has been a batting-friendly pitch this season, but it only proved to be the best case for the home side.

Tigers captain Ramadan Yze sent the Cats in to bat after winning the toss and that decision reaped rewards.

Mooroopna was going along okay at 2-56, but it was downhill for the visitors from there.

They lost 8-57, with only Brady Mulcahy (34) and Englishman Will Hale (24) reaching double figures.

‘‘There was a little bit of grass on the wicket, so I just thought we’d have a bowl and see how we go,’’ Yze said.

‘‘But we just bowled well and I don’t think the wicket played any part in any of the dismissals.

‘‘It was a really good day of bowling and fielding, so to get them out for only 103 (in 45 overs) was a bonus.’’

Ethan Baxter, who is still eligible to play in the under-16s, bowled magnificently for the Tigers.

He got the key wickets of Hale and Paul Marshall and finished with 3-25 from 8.4 overs.

Yze and Joshua Larkin claimed two wickets each and kept it tight, while the returning Brendan Scott bowled three overs for 2-0.

It took Central Park-St Brendan’s a bit more than 20 overs to pass the target, with Brayden McGregor continuing his top start to the season with the bat.

Yze opened with McGregor, with the captain to miss the second day of play because of a work function.

He departed for 14, while Layton McCann and McGregor combined for an unbeaten 90-run stand.

The pair will be at the crease this Saturday when the Tigers will look for quick runs in pursuit of an unlikely outright victory.

It was McGregor’s fourth half-century for the summer and he will have an opportunity to go for his first score of three figures when he resumes on 71.

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