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Waaia sparked by its first Haisman Shield win

By Lauren Bordin

Waaia will carry belief into tomorrow’s Haisman Shield round after winning its first Cricket Shepparton match last week.

An inaugural win in the competition could not come in much better circumstances than sending the competition’s quality batsmen in Old Students Nick Breslin, Gino Saracino and Luke McPhillamy packing for less than 20 runs combined.

Bombers coach Greg Meyland said he hoped the side could string two wins on the trot when it met Mooroopna.

‘‘Saturday night was a great celebration after we got our first win in A and B (grades), but with Cup Day we (the playing group) haven’t seen each other,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s definitely been huge to set us up going forward by getting the monkey off our back.

‘‘I think the general interest has really lifted and I think that gives us a lot more hope for what we can achieve.’’

With its first win of the season, Waaia is suddenly just a win out of finals contention and Meyland said that provided yet another reason for players to be motivated.

‘‘Everything was going well without getting a win and we’re excited to get another chance to win another game this week,’’ he said.

‘‘The reality is we’re (the competition) a top six and there are 13 sides so if we get a couple of wins early that makes it more realistic to achieve.’’

Meyland praised the performances of Jesse Trower and Mitch Cleeland with the ball and was hopeful the batting order would back them up this week.

After missing last week due to illness, Anthony Ciavarella will return to help steady the innings against Mooroopna, which remains winless on the bottom of the Haisman Shield table.

Last week’s batting performance was evidence the Cats can keep scoring runs late in the innings and they have players that can set the side up for a reasonable total.

English import Will Hale topped the scoring with 66, but later down in the order Simon D’Elia and Sam O’Brien were the reason the Cats’ total rose to 198 against Northerners.

It was yet another high total for Mooroopna, having posted scores of 206, 176, 96 and 156 this season.

The Cats will be hopeful they can do that tomorrow and emulate the Bombers by finding their first win of the year.