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Haisman Shield | Mooroopna v Karramomus preview

By Alex Mitchell

Karramomus must improve in a big way if it is to test in-form Mooroopna in tomorrow's Haisman Shield one-dayer.

The Bloods have not won in four games and only have one win for the year after being outclassed last weekend in a seven-wicket loss to Waaia.

But skipper Stuart Turner said morale and effort remained top notch within the side even after only finding three wickets in 71 overs against the Bombers.

“We let a couple of chances slip and you can't really do that at any level, and even less at A-grade,” he said.

“Jordan (Cleeland) made us pay for it, the wicket was pretty dead flat and our score was probably 30, 40 or 50 runs under par.

“But the effort was no worry, the effort put in every week is outstanding. Sometimes the execution is not there, but the passion and effort always is.”

A clash with the Cats will be tougher, if anything, with the surging side having won four of its past five matches, with the only loss a heart-breaker against Nagambie where they made 242.

“To be fair, Mooroopna is always thereabouts and you can't take them lightly,” Turner said.

“Whether it's with bat or ball, we're going to need to get off to a good start. We need to up our fielding and take our chances, we've got to strike early and take some wickets.”

Mitch McGrath leads the run-scoring for the Bloods with 144 at 24, but players such as Luke Forge (112 at 28) and Chris Crouch (111 at 18.5) will need to lift.

With the ball, Jason Ibbotson has been one of the league's most dangerous bowlers with 13 wickets at 15.5, while young Lachie Keady has eight wickets at 11.3.

Turner said the big effort levels around the club would help the tide start to turn.

“We've still got B-grade players asking me if they can get a crack in A-grade,” he said.

“It doesn't matter that we're at the wrong end of the ladder, there's still a real drive there and everyone wants to play A-grade.

“As an A-B group there's a passion and drive to perform and if everyone is performing individually, that will obviously help the team.”