Old Students keen to keep momentum going

By Tyler Maher

After starting the Haisman Shield season with a big win against Karramomus, Old Students are keen to keep the momentum rolling tomorrow.

The Students host Cricket Shepparton powerhouse Central Park-St Brendan’s at Kialla Park Recreation Reserve and co-coach Chris Earl wants his troops to maintain their unbeaten record at home for as long as possible.

‘‘There’s nothing like a home ground advantage, you might as well make it hard for opposition teams to play there,’’ Earl said.

‘‘It will be a good challenge for the boys, (Central Park) have always been a benchmark team.’’

English import Taylor Chandler announced himself on the local stage with a bang last week — smashing 65 from 41 deliveries with the bat before taking 4-25 with the ball — and was well supported by the likes of Nick Breslin (71) and Gino Saracino (71 not out).

‘‘You’re not going to get a better debut I reckon,’’ Earl said.

‘‘Hopefully he can continue that form, but the whole team played really well and if you don’t play as a team you’re never going to win.’’

The Tigers had to fight hard for a three-wicket win against Tatura in round one and know the task ahead of them is just as tough tomorrow.

‘‘(Old Students) were very impressive last week, their batting seems to be their strength and we’ll be very mindful of trying to not let them get off to a flier,’’ Central Park-St Brendan’s coach Peter Holland said.

‘‘We’re still trying to get that consistency going, not just match by match, but in games as well, trying to even out our performances in every session.’’

Xavier Chalkley (29 not out) and Andrew Lloyd (33 not out) steered the Tigers home last week in the chase and the pair will be looking to contribute again tomorrow.

Andrew Cowen goes out of the line-up through unavailability, while Ramadan Yze returns to the side for his first game of the season.

‘‘It’s really good to have Rum back into the side,’’ Holland said.

‘‘He’s a terrific inclusion for us.’’