Karramomus Red’s batting line-up dug deep at the weekend to ensure it posted a defendable total in Cricket Shepparton under-16 A-grade action.
The Bloods won the toss and chose to bat first against Numurkah, with openers Cooper Delahey (29) and Billy Jones (15) guiding the home side to a great start at 0-45.
But a collapse of 4-16 jeopardised Karramomus’ position until Jayden Dhosi (48) and Mitchell Berens (22) took the bit between their teeth and helped the scoreboard tick over to 8-146 at the close of the first day’s play.
Plenty of Blues bowlers will take confidence into their batting innings after taking wickets with the ball, highlighted by the performances of Jacob Hore (2-13 from seven overs) and Bailey Ebborn (2-13 from three overs).
Shepparton United also needed a late revival to give its innings substance on Saturday morning against Pine Lodge.
Abraham Lake (36), Reily Menhenett (31) and Cougar Scott (29 not out) denied the Lodgers an early finish by resolutely holding their own at the crease.
It allowed United to recover from 5-27 to post 9-139 in the allotted 45 overs and give itself a fighting chance of victory.
Ladder-leader Euroa is clearly the team to beat early in the season though, rolling Mooroopna for 118 and reaching 1-42 at stumps after engineering an outright triumph in the first round.
Notre Dame-St Brendan’s posted a strong total in under-14 A-grade action, despite not batting all of its overs.
The Tigers reaching 230 before being dismissed, with Karramomus Gold’s Agammjot Singh and Rohan Byrne (both 2-24) doing most of the damage with the ball.
Karramomus Red had a day to forget with the bat against Mooroopna, with Jack Hooper (22) providing the only resistance of note in an innings of 64 all out.
Nine Mooroopna bowlers took wickets in the outstanding bowling performance before the Cats confidently made their way to 2-55 at the close of play.
Jordy Powles dominated for Numurkah in its clash with the Northerners, reaching 40 not out in his side’s innings of 6-177.
Old Students could do no wrong in the under-14 B-grade competition, posting a mammoth 2-297 in 42 overs.
Six Students batsmen passed 30 in the amazing innings against Kyabram, with Mitchell Higgins (43), Jamie Carr (41), Joseph Busiello (40) and Muna Brown (40) all retiring not out upon entering the 40s.
Tatura’s Jai Bailey was run out for a top score of 38 in his side’s innings of 149 not out before the Northerners motored to 1-32 at stumps.