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Haisman Shield round eight preview | Kyabram v Shepparton United

By Tyler Maher

A pair of mid-table Haisman Shield outfits clash tomorrow in the final fixture of the year, ensuring the pressure valve will be turned right up.

Fifth-placed Kyabram tackles eighth-placed Shepparton United in a one-day clash at Kyabram Recreation Reserve, and the eventual result will have plenty of ramifications on the overall picture of both Cricket Shepparton top tier ladders.

The Redbacks are within striking distance of a one-day final berth with three games remaining in the competition, sitting one win and a bonus point behind top spot.

While United looks out of the running for glory in the shorter format - sitting 11th on the table - a win tomorrow could have it jump into the Haisman Shield top six ahead of the Christmas break.

Both sides suffered defeats last round and will be keen to bounce back.

United was well-served by coach Chaminda Vidanapathirana (3-50) as well as Keegan Armstrong (41) and Hugh Conway (40) as it lost to Old Students by 100 runs.

Armstrong is third on the overall competition batting table with 287 runs at 47.83 this season, while Rehan Bari's 204 at 51 does not include last week's scintillating - and unbeaten - A-grade Twenty20 ton.

Vidanapathirana, Bari and Ethan McLaren have taken eight wickets each.

The Redbacks went down to Central Park-St Brendan's in round seven, despite Paul Newman's 85 and Alec Young's 3-77.

Newman has dominated after his switch from Goulburn Murray Cricket outfit Kyabram Fire Brigade, striking 327 runs at 54.5 to sit second ahead of Armstrong in the batting ranks.

Captain Kyle Mueller has 193 at 48.25 with a century to his name.

Jackson McLay's 11 wickets at 13.09 leads the way for his side and has him 11th for the season, while tweakers Young and Jonathan Hipwell have each snared nine wickets.