Kyabram’s Kyle Mueller produced a batting masterclass under lights at Mooroopna on Saturday night.
The powerful batsman not only ran for three to hand his side a six-wicket victory over the Cats, but also to bring up the Haisman Shield’s first ton this season.
The Cats won the toss and elected to bat first at Mooroopna Main Oval, finishing at 7-178.
Will Hale (31), Josh Macansh (51), in just his third A-grade match, and captain Paul Marshall (52) were the pick of the batsmen for the Cats, but Mueller stole the show for the Redbacks.
Batting at number three, the Kyabram premiership forward finished on 100 of 86 balls, smacking eight fours and three sixes to notch his first Haisman Shield ton.
Redbacks captain Alec Young said it was one of the best batting clinics he had seen in a long time.
‘‘Mueller came out swinging, the first 10 overs or so were incredible and then he was just picking his shots all night,’’ Young said.
‘‘It was probably one of the best innings I have seen in a very long time.
‘‘You suspect he’ll only get better too after only training for a few weeks.’’
Mooroopna seamer Jeremy Mullane trapped English import Tom Oliver lbw for a duck in his first game for Kyabram, but he did reasonably well wicketkeeping.
‘‘It wasn’t the best start with the bat, but I thought in the field he did really well on an up and down kind of wicket,’’ Young said.
Fellow Englishman Eliot Callis walked to the middle after Cade Mueller was bowled for 10, finishing not out on 17 off 30 balls.
Marshall was relatively pleased with his side despite the loss, but said there was definitely some improvement left in his young outfit.
‘‘We were good in patches, we bowled well at times and in one-day games, the result can go either way and this time it didn’t fall in our favour,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘The competition is very even this year, so it will be important to get a few wins on the board early.’’