Waaia secures thrilling win against Shepparton United in the Whitelock Shield

By Alex Mitchell

Waaia can start booking its accommodation for Whitelock Shield finals after a thrilling two-wicket win against Shepparton United on Saturday.

In an E-grade classic, United made 135 batting first, rescued from a serious collapse by Steven Nash who made a composed 44 not out.

Opener Nathan Quinlan had done what he could, making 16, with Danny Glover proving lethal taking 3-32 while Charlie Burrows took 3-19 in his first game of the season.

But crisis struck early in the Waaia innings, with dominant bowling from United taking the score to 7-70.

Up stepped high pressure star Mark Bryant, who defied the odds to belt a sensational, unbeaten 50 that steered his side to a memorable win, passing the target eight wickets down.

Sankalp Kakodkar had been the pick of the United bowlers with 3-13 off four overs.

The win left the Bombers fourth on the ladder, 15 points clear of seventh and locked in to play finals.

Northerners remained on top of the table with a strong win against Mooroopna.

The Jets looked strong with the bat making 3-208, a target the Cats were never on track to reach as they finished at 8-158.

Jarryd Hunter had fought hard in a losing Mooroopna side, taking 2-37 and making 80 not out.

Kyabram pulled off a win against Old Students, winning by five wickets at Kialla Park.

Batting first, the Students made 9-127, with Mason McDonald the pick of the Redback bowlers with 4-17.

The Redbacks finished at 5-129, with Ross Brown on fire with the bat compiling a handy total of 68.