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Karramomus in strong position against Waaia in Haisman Shield

By Tyler Maher

Karramomus has put itself in a favourable position after day one of its Haisman Shield clash against Waaia.

The Bloods — who currently occupy the last slot on the ladder in Cricket Shepparton’s top tier — grafted their way to 222 from just shy of 69 overs after winning an important toss at the start of a scorching hot day.

Mitch McGrath (41 from 79 deliveries), Tim Belford (36 from 49), Luke Forge (28 from 41) and Jake Keating (24 from 14) were among the batsmen who made the most of a great Vibert Reserve pitch, but Bloods skipper Stuart Turner took the honours with a knock of 53 from 110 balls — spending almost two hours in the middle for his efforts.

‘‘I haven’t been walking great today,’’ Turner said yesterday after his tiring knock.

‘‘It was a good toss to win in the end.

‘‘We haven’t really been putting scores on the board so it was good to get up over 200.

‘‘Mitch has been brilliant this year, an absolute stonewall up the top of the order, and has done all the hard work.

‘‘It would be great to see him go on and make 100, but you can’t fault what he’s been able to do this season.’’

Waaia’s bowling unit toiled willfully under the blazing Shepparton sun, with Shawn Boswell (4-43) and Jordan Cleeland (3-68) reaping the most rewards.

Jesse Trower (2-39) and Connor Brown (1-27) were also among the wicket-takers as the Bombers worked hard to snare regular breakthroughs across the day.

It eventually afforded the visitors a chance to eat into the total before stumps, but although Cleeland (31 not out) was again in fine form the Bombers were 2-35 after nine overs, with Jacob Kerr (2-22) doing the damage.

‘‘If we do our job with the ball we’re right in it,’’ Turner said.

‘‘We’ve just got to get eight wickets, so two quick ones would be really handy.’’

Cleeland and his brother Mitch (two not out) will resume with 188 more runs required for victory.

STATE OF PLAY

Karramomus 222 (Stuart Turner 53, Mitch McGrath 41, Shawn Boswell 4-43, Jordan Cleeland 3-68) v Waaia 2-35 (Jordan Cleeland 31 not out, Jacob Kerr 2-22).

STAR PLAYERS

Stuart Turner (Karramomus) and Jordan Cleeland (Waaia): Karramomus’ skipper took the bit between his teeth on a scorching day at Vibert Reserve and delivered a captain’s knock of 53 from 110 deliveries to give his side a great chance to snare a second win of the season. Waaia’s Jordan Cleeland also put in a herculean all-round performance, sending down 23 overs for 3-68 and then finishing with 31 not out to share player-of-the-day honours.