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Haisman Shield | Cleeland century guides Waaia to victory over Bloods

By Aydin Payne

A defiant century from Jordan Cleeland has steered Waaia to a brilliant win against Karramomus in round seven of the Cricket Shepparton Haisman Shield season.

With his side struggling at 2-14, Cleeland defied the odds and beautifully carved out a match-winning 113 not out as Waaia won the match by seven wickets.

It was Cleeland's second triple-figure score of his career and first ton in the Haisman Shield, progressing past his top-score of 65 in the opening round.

The number four batsman linked up with opener Sam Trower (57) and piled on a dazzling 164-run partnership, as Waaia breezed past Karramomus’ first innings total of 236 at Vibert Reserve.

Bombers skipper Brayden Carey was ecstatic with his side's second win of the Cricket Shepparton A-grade season.

“Absolutely, we hadn't been able to put together a good batting effort all season,” Carey said.

“So to do that chasing over 200 and still have seven wickets available was terrific.”

Carey was full of praise for Waaia's star contributor, who he said displayed plenty of temperament at the crease.

“Jordan played his normal game and was hitting them very cleanly,” he said.

“And I thought his temperament was outstanding, it was great to see him bat those extra few deliveries and spend a lot of time out there.

“I was really pleased for him to get his first A-grade century.”

After Karramomus opening bowler Tim Kelly (2-31) picked up the first two scalps early in the afternoon, teenage duo Cleeland and Trower were left to band together.

Trower was solid in defence, while Cleeland pounced on the bad balls, with a high percentage of his runs coming from boundaries straight down the ground.

Once Luke Sibley broke through with the dismissal of Trower, Carey was able to muster an unbeaten 39 alongside Cleeland.

Fittingly, the top-scorer finished the day's play by whacking a six as the Bombers passed the Bloods’ total.

“It was great to see two young fellas out there batting well and it was probably the longest the middle order waited with pads on for a while,” Carey said with a laugh.

“Sammy has really upped the ante at training lately and his hard work has paid off.

“His defensive game is at a very high level.”

Saturday's loss slumped Karramomus to the bottom of the Haisman Shield table with a date against Mooroopna this weekend, while Waaia hosts Katandra.

THE GAME

Karramomus 236 (Mitch McGrath 70, Stuart Turner 46, Mitch Cleeland 3-37) lt

Waaia 3-241 (Jordan Cleeland 113, Sam Trower 57, Brayden Carey 39, Tim Kelly 2-31)

STAR PLAYER

Jordan Cleeland (Waaia): It was a spectacular day at the office for Cleeland, with the youngster's brave ton guiding his side to victory. The talented batsman was able keep the good balls out and score aggressively on the bad ones for his maiden century in the Haisman Shield.