KYABRAM let Cricket Shepparton ladder pacesetter Katandra off the hook on the first day of the first two-day games for the season on Saturday.
With Charlie McLay firing with the ball, the home side had slumped to 7/120 at one stage before a 66-run eighth-wicket stand between Mick Peters and Hadleigh Sirett, who both scored half centuries, set a final competitive score of 243, which Kyabram has to chase down this Saturday to avoid a third straight loss.
In a personal best effort at this level with the ball, McLay had Katandra on the back foot early, capturing the first five wickets in an inspired display.
Another wicket later in the innings took his figures for the day to an outstanding 6/53 off 17.4 overs.
McLay’s co-opening bowling partner and older brother, Jackson, also worked hard to pick up 2/58 off 18 overs.
Kyabram used eight bowlers on the day.
■Kyabram’s B grade side also has some work to do with the bat in its clash with Undera.
Kyabram’s bowlers, led by Matt McDonald with 3/12, were pretty pleased with themselves when they had Undera back in the pavilion for 106.
But in reply Kyabram had slumped to 5/9 and will need some batting heroics this Saturday to be a chance of stealing the honours.
■ Kyabram’s D grade batsmen will also need to show up this Saturday to be a chance against Murchison. Murchison, with Greg James scoring a half century, built a handy but not unbeatable score of 177 on the opening day of their clash at the Kyabram High School oval on Saturday.
■ In E grade, Kyabram’s batsmen didn’t mess around covering Toolamba’s score of 77. With opener Wayne O’Neill clubbing a quickfire 45 with six fours and two sixes and Riley Ironside making an unbeaten 20 it took Kyabram only 10 overs to claim victory.