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Haisman Shield round eight preview | Tatura v Central Park-St Brendan’s

By Tyler Maher

Tatura is still searching for its first win of the Haisman Shield season.

But as one of the youngest outfits in Cricket Shepparton's top tier, what Tatura may have lacked in results this campaign it has certainly made up for with enthusiasm.

Michael Archer's charges are still raring to go each week and after a bye last round are itching to tackle Central Park-St Brendan's in round eight action tomorrow ahead of the competition's Christmas break.

“The bye probably came at the right time after the Ky game (where Kyabram made 7-348),” Archer said.

“It helped us reset a bit and now we've got one game before the Christmas break so we can really attack it hard.

“All the young boys are always jumping out of their skin when they get the chance to play and even though it's been a tough start to the year, no-one's attitude has dropped off or anything at all.

“They're always looking to improve and hopefully we can see some of that improvement on the weekend.”

Harry Murdoch will make his Haisman Shield debut against the Tigers at Howley Oval, and with a B-grade 81 not out and 4-32 to his name this season will look to contribute in all areas of the contest.

“(Harry) started the year in C-grade, but the thing that has stood out for me is that every night at training he's always charging in all night long and always looking to improve,” Archer said.

“His 81 not out in B-grade the other week shows what he can do with the bat, so hopefully he can add some lower-order runs and chip in with a few poles with the ball.

“He always has a smile on his face, so it will be good to see him out there and enjoying it.”

The Tigers are a game outside the top six after a crucial victory over Kyabram last round where Xavier Chalkley (97) and Ramadan Yze (5-100 from 40 overs and 69) dominated.