Captain’s knock saves the day

November 30, 2016

Copybook defence: Mooroopna batsman Ryley Issell blocks this ball.

Steaming in: Numurkah's Dustin Ebborn pictured during his economical spell of 0-3 from four overs.

Safe hands: Numurkah wicketkeeper Connor Sessions.

Good job mate: Numurkah's Alex Waasdorp is congratulated by his teammates after taking a wicket.

Leading from the front: Mooroopna captain James Ralph scored an unbeaten 44 for the Cats against Numurkah.

Mooroopna posted a competitive total of 125 against Numurkah in Cricket Shepparton under-14 A-grade action at Leon Heath Oval on Saturday.

The Cats looked in early trouble at 2-13 before wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Robertson and captain James Ralph steadied the ship.

The pair put on 33 for the third wicket, with Robertson hitting three boundaries in his 24 before falling to Jordy Powles.

Ralph took control of the innings and proved the dominant partner in a 34-run fourth wicket stand alongside Joeve Cooper (9).

But from a solid position at 4-80, Mooroopna’s innings lost some momentum as the Numurkah attack stuck to some good, old fashioned line and length.

Alex Waasdorp and Taigh Powles each struck twice in their second spell as the Cats middle and lower-order offered little resistance.

Watching it all unfold at the other end was Ralph, who remained 44 not out when the final wicket fell.

Taigh Powles (3-16) and Waasdorp (3-18) were the pick of the Blues’ bowlers.

Karramomus will defend 115 against Old Students on day two at Kialla Main Oval.

The Students produced a disciplined and even bowling display on Friday night, with four players collecting two wickets apiece.

Thomas Favaro (2-10) returned the best figures, just shading Joseph Busiello (2-11), Connor Hangan (2-14) and Erion Barolli (2-27).

Fletcher Paul’s bowling brilliance has Euroa in the box seat against Notre Dame-St Brendan’s.

Paul turned in an inspired spell, claiming 5-10 in seven devastating overs as the visitors were bowled out for 94 at Euroa.

The Magpies had seven overs to survive until stumps and reached 1-27.

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