KYABRAM paid the penalty for another poor batting performance, losing a tightly contested, low-scoring clash against Numurkah in its round seven Haisman Shield clash on Saturday at Numurkah.
Sent into bat, Kyabram struggled to post 118 in 44.1 overs after being in trouble from the start of its innings when it was reeling at 4/24.
Billy Mclay (22), opening in the innings for the first time, and skipper Alec Young (36) battled hard to get some respectability into the Kyabram scoreline with a fighting 50-run fifth-wicket stand but they were the only batsmen to get into double figures.
Numurkah’s Tim Braybon proved the major stumbling block for the Kyabram batsmen with innings-wrecking figures of 5/18.
In reply, Kyabram looked a chance when Numurkah was teetering at 7/97 but an unbroken eighth-wicket stand achieved the win for the home side.
Emerging pace-bowling talent Curtis Ryan was again Kyabram’s most successful bowler with figures of 3/16 from nine tight overs.
Kyabram’s place in the top six is now looking vulnerable with an appointment this Saturday against top side Katandra at Katandra.
■ KYABRAM had four wickets and five overs up its sleeve in defeating Shepparton United in its B grade clash.
Connor Dawes with 3/22 off nine overs led the Kyabram bowlers to restrict United to 7/147 and then some sensible batting from opener Pat Parsons and Jack Young ensured the Kyabram victory.
Parsons made 37 and with Tom Oliver got Kyabram away to a good start with a 33-run partnership before the in-form Young clinched the win with a controlled unbeaten half century that included four fours.
■ KYABRAM’S D grade side’s clash was washed out but a solid effort with the bat paved the way for Kyabram’s E grade team to score a decisive win over Mooroopna.
Openers Wayne O’Neill (35) and Mackenzie Ryan (24) shared a stand of 62, which set up Kyabram’s final score of 8/188. Chris Usher also contributed, making 32. In reply, Kyabram’s bowlers, headed by Wayne O’Neill with 4/15, held Mooroopna to 133.