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Haisman Shield | United ends three-game losing streak with superb bowling effort

By Aydin Payne

Shepparton United has ended its three-game losing streak in the Haisman Shield with a powerful bowling performance against Karramomus on Saturday.

Played on the batsmen's paradise at Vibert Reserve, United's bowling stocks ripped through the home side's batting line-up in stellar fashion.

The eight-wicket round-five win clinched United its first points since the opening round of Cricket Shepparton's top-flight competition.

Led by its coach Chaminda Vidanapathirana's stunning figures of 1-7 off nine overs, including six maidens, United dislodged the Bloods for 84 runs off 38.2 overs.

Sam Nash (2-14) was in brilliant form alongside his coach with the new ball, but it was all-rounder Rehan Bari who stole the show with a dazzling 4-6 off six overs.

United captain Dwain Vidler was proud of his side's performance with the Kookaburra in hand.

“I thought we bowled really well on the weekend, it was an overall bowling effort,” he said.

“We seemed to take wickets in really crucial and valuable times of the match.

“Our focus has been to just land the ball in the right areas and bowl to the field and I thought we did that which was great.”

But for all United's class in the field, it was Keegan Armstrong's innings in the run chase that stood out.

Set with chasing a low total, Armstrong was rock solid at the top of the order, recording 43 not out as he led the side to victory.

A handy 18-run knock from Chris Rendina was enough for the away side to sail to 2-85 and move into eighth spot on the ladder.

The United skipper praised the batting performance of Armstrong, who has piled on 159 runs from his past three innings.

“Keegan puts a lot of value on his wicket,” Vidler said.

“He got himself in and it was great to see him lead the way with two wickets down.

“Hopefully he can keep up his strong form.”

THE GAME

Karramomus 84 (Nathan Laffy 18, Rehan Bari 4-6, Sam Nash 2-14, Dwain Vidler 1-5, Chaminda Vidanapathirana 1-7) lt

Shepparton United 2-85 (Keegan Armstrong 46 not out, Chris Rendina 18, Lachlan Keady 1-8)

STAR PLAYER

Keegan Armstrong (Shepparton United): The United opener's match-high 46 not out was a classy effort under the pressure of chasing a low total. Armstrong's score of 46 follows his previous two totals of 70 and 43, and he looks to be finding his feet at the top of United's batting order. Teammate Rehan Bari was unlucky to not be awarded for his 4-6 effort.