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Haisman Shield round eight Shepparton United v Mooroopna day two preview

By Tyler Maher

Mooroopna has put itself in a great position heading into tomorrow’s second day of play in its Haisman Shield clash against Shepparton United.

The Cats made 249 last week — thanks largely to Will Hale’s 103 — and have the chance to secure their second win of the season if they can produce a stellar bowling performance at Princess Park tomorrow.

But with three individual scores of 98 or above plundered on the pitch last weekend — with United’s Sam Kershaw (98 not out) and Central Park-St Brendan’s star Brendan Scott (100 not out) joining Hale in Sunday’s one-day final — all it will take is for one batsman to get set tomorrow and the home side will turn the game in its favour.

‘‘It was a fantastic effort from Will,’’ Mooroopna captain Sam O’Brien said.

‘‘The top order did a really good job and apart from a late collapse it was a good batting performance.

‘‘(United) to their credit this year have been really good and they’ve got some batters that we’ll have to get out early.

‘‘Kershaw is a very good player, we’ll have to hopefully get him early.’’

The Cats will rely heavily on the likes of Paul Marshall, Roman Walker and Aaron DiFede to take early wickets tomorrow before letting spinners Brad Boyle and Brad Lowe loose on the John Riordan Oval deck.

But a trump card up the Cats’ sleeve could be the return of Kaine Herbert to the side, with the all-round sportsman capable of changing a match in a matter of overs.

‘‘Kaine Herbert’s credentials speak for themselves,’’ O’Brien said.

‘‘He’s a very good inclusion to our side.’’

For United, Kershaw (307 runs at 61.4) and Chris Rendina (195 at 65) loom as central figures if the side is to reel in the 250 runs required for victory.