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Haisman Shield | round 10 | CPSTB v Shepp United preview

By Alex Mitchell

A team could well be eliminated from Haisman Shield finals contention when Central Park-St Brendan's hosts Shepparton United tomorrow.

In an eighth-versus-ninth showdown, the Tigers will be looking to keep pace with the top six, currently level on points with sixth-ranked Old Students, while United remains in need of closing a six-point gap to the finals places.

But United looked the goods last weekend against Tatura, slapping 6-239 from its 45 overs before tidy bowling enabled it to hold on for a 69-run win.

A handful of United's top-order showed its might, with Rehan Bari's 51 taking him to 299 runs at 49.8 for the season to rank him in the competition's top-five batsmen.

Chris Rendina was also in some sort of form, clubbing five sixes in a majestic 83 off 55 balls, turning his fortunes around after making 110 runs in his first eight digs of the season.

Bari also leads United's wicket-taking charts this season along with Chaminda Vidanapathirana, but with both having just 10 for the campaign the side will be looking for more bowlers to stick their hands up.

The contest will be Central Park's first of the new year having had the bye last weekend, but it will look to reproduce the form where it ended last year with three straight wins.

While a team-wide effort helped the Tigers take things to new heights, the remarkable form of Ramadan Yze has been huge, now with 231 runs at 46.2 and 16 wickets at 18.8.

Connor Holland has looked the goods with the bat making 239 at 29.9, while captain Brendan Scott has 11 wickets at 19.5.