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Haisman Shield | Euroa import steers Magpies to first win of the season

By Aydin Payne

There was a mighty celebration in the Euroa clubrooms on Saturday night following the club's memorable four-wicket victory against Northerners.

And rightfully so, after Euroa notched up its first Haisman Shield success since defeating Waaia in round two of last season.

A sublime 100 from Magpie Mahesh Priyadarshana was the cornerstone of the victory, as the Sri Lankan import delivered his club a win to remember.

Fellow Sri Lankan Sham Dadallage (54) provided strong support to Priyadarshana, as the two piled on 142 runs together in Euroa's magical chase.

With less than 12 balls remaining, Euroa captain Sean Hemeter and president Lucas Paul were at the crease as Euroa passed the Jets’ total of 9-207.

“It was an excellent result, a really pleasing feeling,” Hemeter said.

“Lucas and myself were out in the middle at the end, so it was a special feeling.

“There's been a lot of hard work over the years, so we had a good night of celebrating.”

Northerners batted after winning the toss and thanks to captain Mitch Brett (55) were able to post a commanding 207.

Tyson Sidebottom (43) gave great service with the bat, while Euroa teenager Fletcher Paul (2-23) and Priyadarshana (3-34) fought bravely for the home side.

But Euroa was left reeling at 3-24 in its chase after a fierce opening spell from the Jets’ Trent Sidebottom (2-19).

However, in walked Priyadarshana and Dadallage and before long, the pair showcased their brilliance with the willow.

“Northerners are a quality outfit and to beat beat a side of their calibre - it's a really great win,” Hemeter said.

“It's a massive confidence boost for our younger boys.

“It's not only a big boost to the players, but the entire club as well.”

Hemeter spoke glowingly of Euroa's two imports, revealing that the pair had already helped the club off the field this season.

“Mahesh and Sham have been fantastic for the club,” he said.

“They've brought in a lot of experience and have been great with the kids.

“And Mahesh's innings was a real pleasure to watch, he just never looked like getting out.”

THE GAME

Northerners 9-207 (Mitch Brett 55, Tyson Sidebottom 43, Mahesh Priyadarshana 3-34, Sean Hemeter (2-18) lost to Euroa 6-209 (Mahesh Priyadarshana 100, Sham Dadallage 54, Trent Sidebottom 2-19)

STAR PLAYER

Mahesh Priyadarshana (Euroa): The day belonged to the Sri Lankan import for his blistering century and superb 3-34 with the ball. Priyadarshana made scoring look easy by hitting the gaps and waiting for the bad ball during his 100-run knock. His 142-run partnership with Sham Dadallage will be long remembered at Euroa.