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Kyabram and Shepparton United share Haisman Shield honours on day one

By Tyler Maher

Kyabram is still alive in the Haisman Shield finals race after a solid batting performance on Saturday.

But the Redbacks will have to remain as superb as they have been for most of the season with the ball if they are to secure victory over Shepparton United when play resumes next weekend.

Alec Young (78) and Troy Thomson (34) provided the highlights for Kyabram at Princess Park as the visitors ground out a total of 217 from 80 overs.

But as well as battling the trying conditions, the Redbacks had to combat the heat of United’s Sam Nash.

Many of Kyabram’s batsmen could not handle that task though, with the young firebrand snaring 5-59 from a mammoth — when the soaring temperatures were taken into consideration — 22 overs.

Dwain Vidler (1-30), Matt Barclay (1-31) and Harry Tonks (1-44) also took wickets for United, while Rehan Bari’s 18 overs came at the cost of just 22 runs and included six maidens.

Thomson held down the fort for Kyabram early at the top of the order as wickets fell around him.

The opener was joined by Young with the scoreboard reading 3-43, and from their the pair set about changing the face of the Redbacks’ innings.

While their partnership yielded only 44 runs in the end, it helped pave the way for the likes of Robbie O’Donnell (15), Lukas Hanslow (15), Jackson McLay (18) and Charlie McLay (16 not out) to do their best to stick around with Young and steer their side to a defendable total.

United will remain confident in their ability to reel the score in on their home deck, but with Charlie (19 wickets at 11.21) and Jackson McLay (19 at 11.42) in superb form with the ball, this round 10 fixture remains anyone’s game.

STATE OF PLAY

Kyabram 217 (Alec Young 78, Troy Thomson 34, Sam Nash 5-59) v Shepparton United.

STAR PLAYER

Alec Young (Kyabram): Young came to the crease with his side off to a slow start at 3-43, but proceeded to grind out a cornerstone knock of 78 — just his second score in double figures this summer from seven knocks — to ensure the Redbacks had something to bowl at on day two of this clash.