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Haisman Shield | Nagambie thumps Waaia to remain unbeaten

By Alex Mitchell

Nagambie continued its undefeated start to the Haisman Shield with a 90-run win against Waaia.

Another supreme batting performance from the Nolan brothers - Luke and Mark - took the Lakers to a commanding total, before their bowlers tore through Waaia's batting card to complete the easy win.

Having won the toss and bowled, Waaia would have been liking that decision after Jesse Trower found the early wicket of Matt Martin (five), but that was the last time for a while the Bombers would be smiling.

Luke Nolan joined Ricky Misiti and the middle and the duo got on top, adding 77 together before Misiti went for 43.

But that just bought captain Mark Nolan to the crease and the brothers continued their excellent form, each posting half-centuries before Luke was caught for 54.

Mark would continue on to an unbeaten 70 as the Lakers finished their 45 overs at 4-185.

“It was a very good win, the wicket was a bit sticky and it was really hard to bat on,” Mark Nolan said.

“We lost the toss and they sent us in and I was really happy with 185. I felt that was way over par, par might have been something like 130.

“We lost an early one, but Rick batted really well, he gave himself plenty of time and him and Luke really stood up. We had wickets in hand, and we made 100 off the last 12 overs, which really won us the game.”

With the bat, Waaia never looked likely, quickly 3-4 after two Nathan Fothergill wickets, before Sam Trower (10), Brayden Carey (16) and Jordan Cleeland (42) settled things down a touch.

But with help from Josh Sanderson (3-29) and Jonathon Moore, the Lakers cleaned the Bombers up for 95 to take the comfortable win.

“Brayden and Nathan bowled really well, the first four overs were all unplayable. Nathan came back on and picked up four wickets, and I thought Jonno Moore bowled the best he had all year,” Nolan said.

“We're pretty happy with where we are, but we probably haven't played that top echelon of teams yet. We've got a big challenge coming up against Mooroopna after they knocked off the flag favourites (Numurkah), so that's a massive challenge.”

THE GAME

Nagambie 4-185 (Mark Nolan 70 not out, Luke Nolan 54, Jesse Trower 1-8) defeated Waaia 95 (Jordan Cleeland 42, Brayden Carey 16, Nathan Fothergill 4-15)

STAR PLAYER

Mark Nolan (Nagambie): The competition's best player did it again, carving an unbeaten 70 to carry his side to a match-winning total. With 286 runs this season at 95.3, it is fair to say he can do no wrong.