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Nagambie confident of defeating Euroa in Cricket Shepparton action

By Lauren Bordin

Nagambie will be in no hurry to pass the 162 runs set by Euroa.

Captain Mark Nolan has full confidence in his side to continue its recent fantastic run, when it won the two previous games before last round’s washout.

‘‘We’ve just got to take the time, we’ve got plenty of overs, so we only need to go two an over and if we bat out our 80 overs we’ll get the victory,’’ Nolan said.

The situation was not looking as positive at the start of the match when the Magpies seemed comfortable at Memorial Oval on a batting paradise.

Putting on 58 runs without loss of wicket, Kyle Winter-Irving’s dismissal of Ben Harrison began a cascade of wickets.

‘‘I thought it was a pretty good fightback, they got away to a flying start and we were on the back foot, so to peg them to a score of 162 was good,’’ Nolan said.

The captain praised Winter-Irving for his efforts in doing exactly what the team needed after Nolan and Nathan Fothergill were unable to make a breakthrough earlier in the game.

‘‘We didn’t bowl particularly well at the start and then we brought the spinners on and they tightened it up and Kyle (Winter-Irving) bowled really well and took six wickets,’’ Nolan said.

‘‘He’s been really good, he started a bit slow, but in the last five rounds he’s been really good with bat and ball.’’

With Euroa unable to capitalise fully on a fantastic batting pitch, Nolan said he was hopeful the deck looked the same when the Lakers return.

‘‘It was pretty flat last week, there was not much in it for the bowlers, so hopefully it’s like that again and we get the victory,’’ he said.

The Magpies still batted out 72 overs leaving Nagambie just five to face before the close of play and Josh Sanderson and Matt Martin remain unbeaten at the crease.