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Haisman Shield | Waaia v Katandra preview

By Alex Mitchell

Waaia will be searching for its first back-to-back victory when it tackles Katandra at home tomorrow.

The Bombers, who are in the second season of their tenure in Cricket Shepparton, punished Karramomus last weekend with phenomenal batting, crunching 3-241 from 72 overs with Jordan Cleeland (113 not out) and Sam Trower (57) leading the way.

It was their first win since round one when they took care of Euroa and it kept them within six points of the top six, although taking on Katandra will be a different challenge altogether.

The Eagles are 5-1 for the season and were also in sensational form last round, beating Euroa by 118 runs on first innings totals.

Last Saturday's bowling performance included a wicked 3-12 off 13 Corey Hickford overs, while Scott Richardson and Jedd Wright also chipped in with two poles each.

It reflected the Eagles’ balanced bowling output this season, where that aforementioned trio has claimed 30 of the side's 61 wickets this season.

With the bat, Ben Clurey (217 runs at 43.4) is putting together a strong campaign and is on track for the best Haisman Shield season of his career, with his previous best the 2016-17 campaign where he made 359 runs at 27.6.

For the Bombers, Cleeland looks the key with the willow in his strong form, with his average of 61.8 the second highest in the league of those that have made more than 150 runs.

But he will need to once again find some help, with Trower (155 at 25.8) and Brayden Carey (149 at 29.8) looking those most likely to be up to the task of dealing with the dangerous Katandra attack.

The Bombers will also be hoping fearsome opening bowling combination Trower and Mitch Cleeland can recapture last season's form as they are down on those lofty standards; Trower has nine wickets at 18.4 this season compared with 30 at 15.6, while Cleeland has eight at 27.5 compared with 20 at 16.1.