KYABRAM’S chances of playing finals in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition this season will depend on whether its batsmen can stand up and be counted this Saturday.
They need 213 runs with nine wickets in hand to account for bottom side Tatura whose top order batsmen were able to lay the foundation for a competitive score on the first day of the clash last Saturday at Tatura when the season resumed after the festive break.
Tom Miller with 61 showed the way with the bat for Tatura and got plenty of support from coach Tim Kelly (33) and veteran Peter Watt (33) while youthful openers Michael Archer and Matt Cornwall, who both made 20, provided a positive start with a stand of 40.
Most successful of the Kyabram bowlers was Luke Hanslow with 4/23 off 13 tight overs.
He was well supported by Curtis Ryan with 3/27 off 13 overs and bowling spearhead Jackson McLay with 2/48 off 18 overs.
The start of Kyabram’s run chase which lasted only 1.4 overs on Saturday evening didn’t start well with opener Pat Parsons a victim before stumps were pulled.
■ In B Grade, Kyabram’s batsmen will need to rise to the occasion this Saturday in the battle for third place with Central Park-St Brendans.
The combine posted 220 but Kyabram’s run chase started disastrously with the team slumping to 2/15 at stumps.
Matt McDonald with 3/19 off eight overs and Billy McLay with 2/27 off 10 overs were the most successful Kyabram bowlers.
■ The C grade clash between sixth placed Kyabram and third placed Murchison is evenly poised.
The Kyabram bowlers dismissed Murchison for 76 but in reply Kyabram was 3/30 so the result is still in the balance.
- Gus Underwood