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Haisman Shield preview | Numurkah takes on Mooroopna

By Tyler Maher

While rain washed out the first weekend of Cricket Shepparton two-day action, red balls will still be used in the Haisman Shield clash between Numurkah and Mooroopna tomorrow.

The Numurkah Showgrounds will host the 45-over fixture, with white uniforms set to be donned for the first time this season and a shiny new red leather weapon placed in the hands of the opening bowlers of either side.

The visiting Cats will have to be on their game with that ball in hand as the Blues look to continue a rampant start to the summer on their main pitch.

In round one, Liam Gledhill's brother Daniel (79) and regular Numurkah opener Dylan Grandell racked up 172 runs batting first against Central Park-St Brendan's before their partnership was eventually broken.

The huge opening stand set up a winning total of 5-231, a feat the Blues managed to mirror almost exactly in round three when Josh Smith (54) joined Grandell for a 125-run initial partnership at the top of a victorious innings of 6-233 against Euroa.

Mooroopna will be hoping import Henry Barrow can scuttle the home side's hopes of another huge start to their innings in tomorrow's round five contest, with the quick snaring eight wickets from his three matches in the region.

The Cats had a bye last round so have not played since October 19, while the Blues defeated rival Waaia in round four.