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Cricket Haisman | Numurkah and United look to continue winning ways

By Aydin Payne

Shepparton United and Numurkah will be gunning to add another win in their Haisman Shield column when the pair clashes at Princess Park tomorrow.

United is gearing up for a second straight home match, following last Saturday's gripping two-wicket win against Mooroopna.

Meanwhile, Numurkah started its title defence with a comfortable 43-run victory against Central Park-St Brendan's.

The Blues looked in control right from the first ball, openers Dylan Grandell (70) and Daniel Gledhill (79) posting a stellar 172-run stand.

“They are the benchmark side in the competition,” Shepparton United captain Dwain Vidler said.

“It's going to be a great test to see where we are at.

“I know that all the boys are really looking forward to the challenge.

“They have a class batting line-up and they have a couple handy spinners.

“We just need to stay positive in the field and with bat in hand.”

The Kangaroos were determined in their win last week, holding on for victory in what was a tense run chase.

Hugh Conway (43) was the pick of the batsmen and Vidler's side will be hoping to offer more support throughout the order.

They cannot afford any lapses against the reigning champs, especially after last weekend showcased the Blues are still hungry for success.

Following the win against Central Park-St Brendan's, the Blues had their season launch, where the club surprised captain Liam Gledhill with a life membership honour.

Gledhill's brother Daniel travelled home to be in attendance for the occasion and presented the award to the premiership captain.

It capped off a memorable day for the Gledhill family, after Daniel wore a Numurkah shirt with his brother for one last time.

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