Vital talent returns for Bloods, Cats

November 10, 2017

Karramomus legend Chris Keady could make a welcome return to the Haisman Shield tomorrow, just in time for his side to tackle Mooroopna.

The stars will return for Karramomus and Mooroopna tomorrow.

After missing last week’s win against reigning premiers Old Students, captain Paul Marshall and middle-order batsman Mark Kitto return for the Haisman Shield match at Vibert Reserve.

But there could be a six-time Lightfoot medallist coming back in for the Bloods.

Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson is hoping Chris Keady can play his first A-grade game for the season.

‘‘I’m not 100 per cent sure yet, but we’re hoping Keads will play,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘He’s had a few weddings and he’s started a new job in Echuca, which has made things harder, but we’re looking to get him to play for the rest of the season.’’

Luke Forge and Brocq Robertson are certain inclusions, but if Keady can play it will be a massive boost to the Bloods as they look to get their faltering campaign back on track.

Karramomus has dropped its past four games and was dismantled by ladder leader Katandra last Saturday.

Ibbotson believed his side’s best cricket was not far away.

‘‘I think some early wickets will be key to get our confidence up,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘It was pretty hard work last week, it’s been a bit hard the last few weeks and I can’t quite put my finger on what we’re missing.

‘‘If we win this one and then a couple more before Christmas it will put us back in a reasonable position, but if we can’t get it together soon the season will be over quicker than we’d like.’’

The Cats lost their first two games, but would be coming in with three victories in a row if it were not for a controversial draw against Numurkah.

After the heartbreak of splitting the points against the Blues, Mooroopna responded in style against the Students last Saturday.

‘‘We’ve been playing good cricket all season and with myself and Mark Kitto out last week, we were a bit undermanned, but still played some good cricket so it was pleasing to get the six points against a good side,’’ Marshall said.

‘‘The competition is so even that anyone can beat anyone on their day, which is pretty exciting for the competition.

‘‘We’re really looking forward to the challenge and we’ll know they’ll be looking to get one back.’’

Marshall and Kitto returning to the line-up will add strength to the batting, giving star English import Will Hale some great support.

Hale is the in-form batsman of Cricket Shepparton, smashing two centuries this season for 321 runs at an average of 80.3.

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