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Tigers set mark and Students are up for chase

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February 05, 2018

Nearly every position on the B-grade ladder is up for the taking in an even Cricket Shepparton competition.

Nearly every position on the B-grade ladder is up for the taking in an even Cricket Shepparton competition.

While Old Students are unlikely to relinquish their spot at the bottom of the table, even ninth-placed Central Park-St Brendan’s remains in finals contention.

The Tigers produced a solid batting performance to see out 64 overs on their way to 167 runs against the Students.

But the cellar-dwellers were not ready to give up, moving to 1-30 at the close of play with Paul Tricarico looking to guide the team as he remains unbeaten on 16.

Euroa tore through Undera on the first day of the contest between two of the top sides.

Due to a scintillating bowling display the Lions could post just 42 runs after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

Undera’s Steven Valentin took the ball without concern for the low total he was defending and finished with a five-wicket haul.

He was well aided by Bayden Bailey as the pair cleaned up the lower order, but by then the damage had already been done with Euroa reaching 116.

Travis Blackwell notched up a half-century for Shepparton United in its clash with third-placed Tatura.

In a respectable batting performance, Lachlan Watts and Reily Menhenett also contributed against a difficult bowling line-up.

Tatura star Heath Fidock shouldered much of the load alongside Terry Olney to combine for four wickets and 15 maidens between them.

Set 167, Tatura has all its wickets in hand early in the run chase.

Mooroopna is pushing hard for a finals appearance and had a chance to see where it stacked up against top side Kyabram on Saturday.

Paul McDonald handled the Redbacks’ bowlers as well as any, making his way to 40 runs.

Early wickets hampered the Cats’ score as Kyabram’s Lukas Hanslow thrived at Mooroopna Main Oval.

He took 4-11 to be effective in multiple spells across the day as Mooroopna set the Redbacks 127 to chase for victory.

Katandra’s contest with Northerners is poised for a stellar second day after the Jets sent the Eagles in to bat.

Taking to their home crease, Katandra’s Brady Black came up agonisingly short of a century.

Having had a fruitful summer with the bat, Black made a diligent 97 runs before being caught off a Brett Sheriff delivery.

Black was not the only Eagle to struggle against Sheriff with the wicket-taking machine adding another four to his season’s tally.

Karramomus is set for victory against Numurkah after a solid display from Chris Crouch.

Crouch ran out of partners on his quest for a century, not out on 81 after remaining at the crease for nearly three hours.

But there was plenty of support from Luke Sibley who scored 50 to help the Bloods to a total of 239.

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