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Haisman Shield | Katandra too strong for CPSTB in round five encounter

By Alex Mitchell

Katandra remains flying high on top of the Haisman Shield ladder after seeing off Central Park-St Brendan's by 100 runs on Saturday.

Starring for the Eagles was former North Melbourne AFL gun Sam Wright; after committing to play for the football club brother Jedd coaches (Katamatite), Sam seems to have been dragged into playing for the cricket club he captains too.

In his first Haisman Shield match since 2012, Sam blasted 61 batting at number three for the Eagles, helping them post a convincing total of 7-227 from their 45 overs.

However, he found plenty of help with opener Ben Clurey scoring 46, while Jedd Wright (29), Andrew Riordan (29 not out) and Luke Patel (24) all made important contributions.

Xavier Chalkley was the pick of the Central Park bowlers with 2-64.

With the bat, the Tigers got a solid start at the top of the order with Connor Holland finding 20, but he was back in the pavilion with Mitch Trevaskis (duck) and Chalkley (four) as they slumped to 3-27.

Andrew Lloyd (15) and Ramadan Yze (31) dug in, but the wickets kept on tumbling, and the Tigers would eventually fall an even 100 short after Patrick Cormican scored 22.

Andrew Riordan and Scott Richardson each picked up two wickets for the Eagles, who made it four consecutive wins to start the season.

THE GAME

Katandra 7-227 (Sam Wright 61, Ben Clurey 46, Xavier Chalkley 2-64) d Central Park-St Brendan's 127 (Ramadan Yze 31, Patrick Cormican 22, Andrew Riordan 2-3)

STAR PLAYER

Sam Wright (Katandra): Fresh from a Twenty20 century the weekend before, the newest talent at the Eagles’ disposal continued stunning form with 61 batting first-drop. If Wright is playing A-grade all season, Katandra is going to be seriously hard to beat.