KYABRAM got a wake-up call in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition on Saturday, suffering a six-wicket loss at the hands of ninth-placed Central Park-St Brendans.
The former powerhouse of the competition lost just four wickets covering Kyabram’s score of 203 from the previous week.
The defeat resulted in Kyabram sliding from third to fifth on the ladder.
Kyabram's bowlers struggled to make inroads into the combine’s top order and an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 118 between Xavier Chalkley and Ramadan Yze, who were unbeaten on 69 and 70 respectively, proved the matchwinner for the hosts.
Not one Kyabram bowler could get more than one wicket, with spearhead Jackson McLay the most impressive with economical figures of 1/39 off 17 overs.
Kyabram hosts Shepparton United in a one-day game this Saturday before a break for the festive season until January 11.
It will be without skipper and star bat Kyle Mueller, who is recovering from elbow surgery.
In B grade two batsmen came up agonisingly short of centuries in steering Kyabram to a crushing win over Central Park-St Brendan’s.
Resuming at 1/15 in pursuit of the combine’s modest 9/106, opener Tim Nelson made 93, with seven boundaries, while second drop Kyle Fitzgerald was dismissed for 98 with 13 fours.
Angus McKenzie, with 25, and Wes Shellie, unbeaten on 53, gave the Kyabram score a late boost to an impressive 320.
Kyabram’s D grade side was on the end of a heavy loss, dismissed for just 65 in 14.5 overs.
Mackenzie Ryan, with a top score of 21, and his father, Peter, with 17, were the only batsmen to get to double figures in the sorry Kyabram scoreline.