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Haisman Shield | Round 12 day two preview

By Shepparton News

Day two action in Cricket Shepparton's Haisman Shield arrives tomorrow across the region.

Many contests are in the balance with huge ramifications for the eventual finals setup, making for a crucial day at the crease or in the field as round 12 concludes.

News sports reporters Tyler Maher and Aydin Payne take you through each clash and where it sits.

KYABRAM v NUMURKAH

After just nine overs into its run chase, Kyabram already looks at long odds of claiming victory against the ladder-leader after a disastrous start to its run-chase.

The Redbacks will resume tomorrow at 2-7 needing a further 133 runs to defeat Numurkah after wickets late on day one wiped the gloss off their earlier dominance.

It was a terrific bowling performance from the Redbacks on the first day, with Angus McKenzie (4-33) the star for the home side, while Numurkah's Dylan Grandell (66 runs) helped the Blues get past triple figures.

Despite the early wickets last week, Kyabram still has plenty of firepower waiting in the sheds, with Paul Newman and Kyle Mueller set to come in down the order.

Newman, with more than 450 runs this season, will be out to end his string of single-digit scores with the willow.

TATURA v MOOROOPNA

Tatura will take a positive approach towards its remaining run chase against Mooroopna at Howley Oval.

The Cats made 9-245 before declaring their innings closed on day one, with Shoaib Shaikh (92) and Jake Wright (61) the stars with bat in hand.

John Kealey spun a web on A-grade debut to snare figures of 4-25 from 11 overs and help keep the home side in the contest.

“I think last week with the position we had them in it would have been nice to get them for a bit less,” Tatura captain Michael Archer said.

“But Shoaib batted really well to get them there.”

Tatura openers Raj Singh (23) and David Miller (25) then launched a counter-attack with the bat before falling late in the day, with the side set to resume at 3-60 tomorrow with Archer (12 not out) and Blake Armstrong (yet to score) at the crease.

“Raj and Dave batted with great intent even though there were only 12 overs left before stumps,” Archer said.

“It would have been nice to see them still out there, but we're confident we can give a good account of ourselves and set up a really competitive game.”

CENTRAL PARK-ST BRENDAN'S v WAAIA

Central Park-St Brendan's’ hopes of playing finals is on the line tomorrow afternoon when day two of the round 12 contest against Waaia starts.

The Tigers need 197 runs to clinch victory at Deakin Reserve after Waaia's skipper Brayden Carey smashed a dazzling 109-run century on the first day of play.

But the home side will have plenty of confidence in getting the job done after a spectacular run chase against Euroa in round 11 when it scored 236.

Waaia's captain Brayden Carey knows his outfit, led by in-form bowler Jesse Trower, who claimed eight wickets last round, will need to be on the money right from the get-go.

“We put ourselves in a good position to bowl at a defendable total,” Carey said.

“They have some quality batters and we will need early wickets.

“If we can do that then hopefully it should be a competitive score.”

NORTHERNERS v KATANDRA

It would take a bowling performance of epic proportions for Northerners to escape with six points against Katandra tomorrow.

The Jets made 112 all-out on day one of the contest before the Eagles made their way to 2-39 at stumps.

And fresh from a Chris Keady One-Day Final triumph on Sunday against Numurkah, Katandra will come out with all guns blazing at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve in order to shore up second spot on the table.

Scott Dickson's 4-20 was the highlight on day one for the Eagles, with Glen Davidson (29 from 70 deliveries) and Andrew Boyington (22 from 77) doing their best to provide resistance at the crease for the home side.

Scott Richardson (11 not out) and Josh McKinnon (five not out) will take guard at 1 pm tomorrow for the visitors, while Trent Sidebottom has both wickets to fall for the Jets.

OLD STUDENTS v NAGAMBIE

Another Haisman Shield thriller is brewing at Congupna Recreation Reserve after a whirlwind opening day of play between Old Students and Nagambie.

A low-scoring affair has heightened the tension in the round 12 clash, with Students stuttering at 5-54 in reply to Nagambie's miserly 99 first-innings score.

Nagambie lost 7-33 at the end of its innings, however, Students tried their best in bettering that effort when they coughed up 4-18.

Danger man Callan McCabe is in the sheds after making three runs, leaving the run chase up to not out batsmen Tim Looby and Luke McPhillamy, while seasoned batsman Gino Saracino is next in line.

It is a must-win affair for Old Students if they are to play finals, with the ninth-placed outfit still two wins behind finals contention.

SHEPPARTON UNITED v EUROA

Shepparton United is going to need an inspirational batting performance from one of its key guns tomorrow when play resumes at Princess Park.

Euroa recorded its highest score in the Haisman Shield season last weekend to be firm favourite as the two outfits head into the second day of action.

Off the back of a brilliant half-century from teenager Josh Robertson, the Magpies were able to pile on 229 runs against the home side.

United's leading run-scorer, Keegan Armstrong, will be out to replicate his half-century knock from round 10.

With quality batsmen still waiting to head out to bat for United, Euroa captain Sean Hemeter understands how important it is for his bowling brigade to execute with the ball.

“It's a really good deck, we can't bowl short and we need to target top of off-stump,” he said.

“Hopefully we can execute those plans and put pressure on their batsmen early.

“It's our last A-grade match of the season, so hopefully we can push really hard and get the win.”