Karramomus wins Haisman Shield clash

By Shepparton News

A blistering century from Tim Belford has steered Karramomus to a memorable outright win against Euroa, as the Bloods re-bounded in fine fashion after its capitulation the previous week.

The big-hitting batsman scored his 100 not out from a remarkable 57 balls, as the Bloods chased down the Magpies first-innings score of 133 and were able to post a demoralising reply total of 6-242 from 56 overs.

Belford was accompanied by Taylor Dunning (49) and Michael Mandaradoni (45) throughout his innings after the Magpies had the Bloods reeling at 2-19 early, but the three batsmen pushed on to give their side a massive total.

Euroa was faced with a big task but was unable to defend out Karramomus’ strike bowlers, Jacob Kerr (2-22), Jason Ibbotson (4-23) and Staurt Turner (3-23) as the Magpies were dismantled for 86 runs in its second-innings.

Euroa’s Sean Hemeter was the pick of the batsmen for the Magpies in the first-innings, hitting seven boundaries and playing superbly before being run-out on 44.

Turner was all praise for his troops - especially century-maker Belford - with the captain proud of Belford’s efforts.

‘‘He was unbelievable, he absolutely tore their bowlers apart and took them to the cleaners,’’ Turner said.

‘‘When Timmy’s on he’s one of the best to hit the ball, he has the potential to be one the best batsmen in the competition.

‘‘He really set the standard for the boys and unfortunately for Taylor - who batted extremely well - Tim’s efforts shadow his performance, but he was just as important for us,’’ he said.

However, the incredible performance from Belford was only matched by his bizarre no-appearance on Sunday.

Belford missed the second day of the round 11 fixture with a slight niggle - a mishap that occurred whilst celebrating his milestone.

‘‘There’s no serious problem for Tim, but he did hurt himself in that celebration trying to emulate Davey Warner,’’ Turner said.

‘‘He carried on like a bit of a pork-chop but he’s right to front up next week and he deserves all the recognition for a brilliant innings.’’