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Katandra aimed to rebound against Kyabram in Cricket Shepparton action

By Lauren Bordin

Katandra is eager to make up for last week’s loss to Nagambie when it travels to face Kyabram.

In a surprising result, the reigning Haisman Shield champions could not stand up to the Lakers and were kept to 143 runs against the competition newcomers.

Eagles captain Luke Nolan is confident his side can make up for a less than ideal performance that included he and Scott Richardson being sent packing before the side had reached double figures.

‘‘That’s pretty key, it’s not good when like last time we lost early wickets,’’ he said.

‘‘We were pretty disappointed with the way we batted in the top order and any time you’re going to make a big total you need to make one or two big partnerships.

‘‘We’ll look at turning over the strike in the middle overs.

‘‘It was pretty disappointing all round, but we’ll look to bounce back this week, it’s going to be tight on the ladder so we need to make every win count.’’

Last week’s loss sent the Eagles spiralling from second to fifth as the even nature of the top tier means spots in finals could be heavily influenced by performances in one-day matches.

‘‘I suppose every team is trying to bank wins before Christmas, it looks like it’s going to be a tough season and there’ll be plenty of competition for spots,’’ Nolan said.

Kyabram is just a win out of the top six, despite sitting in 11th position and will be wanting to get some much needed time in the middle for its batsmen.

The Redbacks thrive on chasing down scores and in two of the three times Kyle Mueller has won the toss this season, he has sent the opposing team in.

But should Nolan have the choice tomorrow, he said he would not be rushing to send the Redbacks in to bat, instead wanting to size up Kyabram Recreation Reserve’s pitch first.

‘‘We’ll have to look at the ground first, I’ve never played there and they’ve got a couple of class batters in the Mueller brothers (Kyle and Cade),’’ Nolan said.