Henry Barrow is operating in some historic Haisman Shield areas for Mooroopna.
The imported speedster continues to prove almost unplayable since an injury scare early last month, ripping through another opposition batting line-up — this time Central Park-St Brendan's — on Saturday to set up a comfortable first-innings victory for the Cats at stumps on day one of the round 13 contest.
Barrow and Paul Marshall bowled unchanged from either end of Mooroopna Main Oval, sending down 17 overs each to dismiss the Tigers for 89,
Barrow's 6-37 was his fourth five-wicket haul in the past four matches — and sixth for the summer — to give him 47 wickets at an average of 10 for the campaign.
It eclipses the online competition record for wickets in a season in Cricket Shepparton's top tier — beating Trent Sidebottom's 45 wickets for Northerners in 2014-15 — with at least two more new balls to come for Barrow to wreak havoc with in the next two weeks.
Marshall worked brilliantly in tandem with Barrow to snare 4-48 himself and have the Tigers in tatters before the halfway point of the day.
Aside from a mini-collapse of 3-8 among a wider one of 5-44 the Cats were measured in their chase, reaching 5-142 at stumps from 43 overs at the crease.
It was the work of coach Brad Lowe (46 not out) and captain Sam O'Brien (28 not out) that steadied the ship, and the two leaders will set about lifting their side into a position to snare an outright victory and second spot on the table when play resumes.
Brendan Scott (2-13) and Charlie Boyer (2-20) bowled well for the Tigers, while Ramadan Yze (28) and Xavier Chalkley (21) showed resistance with bat in hand, but the end result for the outfit will be missing finals action for the first time in decades when the dust settles on the current clash.
STATE OF PLAY
Central Park-St Brendan's 86 (Ramadan Yze 28, Xavier Chalkley 21, Henry Barrow 6-37, Paul Marshall 4-48) v Mooroopna 5-142 (Brad Lowe 46 not out, Sam O'Brien 28 not out, Mat Macansh 25, Brendan Scott 2-13, Charlie Boyer 2-20).
Henry Barrow (Mooroopna): Barrow yet again ripped through an opposition batting line-up, this time taking 6-37 from 17 straight overs. It gives the import 47 wickets at an average of 10 for the season — including 25 at 7.52 in his past four games — and he will have the chance to break the 50 barrier in the regular season this weekend when the Cats bowl again.