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Haisman Shield | round five | Central Park v Katandra preview

By Alex Mitchell

Katandra's barnstorming start to the new cricket season will look to continue tomorrow when it treks to face Central Park-St Brendan's.

With three Haisman Shield wins from three starts - not to mention a 97-run Twenty20 flogging of Maiden Gully - the Eagles appear the region's form team and one of the leading contenders to head to another grand final.

But it is unlikely the Tigers will roll over without putting up a strong fight, particularly given the game has been shortened to a 45-over match after last weekend's downpour.

And their form - particularly with the bat - has been no joke this season, with the Tigers putting up totals of 188, 204, 163 and 204, scores that should make them competitive with most sides across the top tier.

Connor Holland has led the way with 139 runs at 34.8 this season opening the batting, with his last start 51 against Karramomus encouraging he can be the side's rock at the top of the order.

But the Tigers’ more pressing problem will be doing enough with the pill to curtail a delicious Eagle batting line-up that has led last season's beaten grand finalist to a 3-0 start.

The order has difference-makers wherever you look, despite losing opener Luke Nolan in the off-season, with Jedd Wright (156 at 52), Ben Clurey (130 at 65) and Scott Richardson (80 at 40) having made the most impressive starts to the new campaign.

Tiger Ramadan Yze has led his side's bowling with six wickets, with Xavier Chalkley and Brendan Scott finding five each.

● Katandra will be pulling double-duty this weekend, taking on Moama on Sunday in the semi-final of the Northern Rivers Twenty20 Cup.

The Cricket Shepparton champion will battle the Goulburn Murray Cricket representative at Moama Recreation Reserve, with the winner progressing to the final to be played the same day at Echuca South Recreation Reserve.