Rain will bring effort undone

December 01, 2017

Shepparton United batsman Rehan Bari's magnificent 168 runs against Karramomus last week, helped United record the highest A-grade score of the season.

Rain may cost Shepparton United a second Haisman Shield win in a row.

Wet weather is expected to soak the region during the next two days, meaning a full day’s play tomorrow at Vibert Reserve is unlikely.

After posting just one victory during the one-day games, United stepped up a gear last Saturday as it took full advantage of the 80 overs at its disposal.

United captain Dwain Vidler was confident the longer format would suit his team and so it proved.

Led by a sensational innings from opener Rehan Bari, United put 9-315 on the board — the highest A-grade score of the season.

The team total was not the only record broken, with Bari’s magnificent 168 smashing United’s previous best individual score in a Haisman Shield game.

Jordan Trevaskis had the previous record at United from his innings of 131 against Kialla Knights on November 5, 2011.

After scoring only 52 runs in his first six games of the season, Bari has piled on 229 in his past two innings.

Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson won the toss and sent United into bat.

The reasoning behind that decision was having legendary all-rounder Chris Keady at his disposal for one day only.

In Keady’s first Haisman Shield appearance for the season he sent down nine overs for figures of 0-15.

Nathan Jones will replace Keady in the line-up for the second day coming off some excellent form with the bat in B-grade.

Spinners Stuart Turner and Satwinder Singh yielded results, picking up three wickets each.

If players do get on the pitch, United will back in its experienced bowlers of Vidler and Matt Barclay.

The Bloods need to keep winning to remain in touch with the finals race, having just two wins on the board from the first seven rounds.

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