KYABRAM posted its highest score for the season in the final round of Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition but it took some frontline batsmen and tailenders to achieve it.
After cruising to 2/163, Kyabram lost its last eight wickets, including a controversial obstructing the ball decision against star bat Kyle Mueller, for 84 runs in its clash with Tatura at Tatura.
Opener Eliot Callis was the mainstay of the Kyabram innings with a disciplined 75 that featured 10 boundaries and he was well supported by other upper-order batsmen in Cade Mueller (35) and fellow Englishman Tom Oliver (42).
Callis was involved in a 57-run stand with Mueller for the second wicket after opener Kyle Fitzgerald fell early and then produced the most productive stand of the innings of 106 for the third wicket with Oliver.
But the runs dried up as the Kyabram middle order batsmen floundered until a last wicket stand between veteran Glenn Hart (24) and Jackson McLay (20 not out) boosted the score from 9/211 to a final competitive total of 246.
Connor Hayes proved the wrecker with the ball for Tatura, with the outstanding figures of 5/53 of 22 overs, including six maidens.
Kyabram bowlers now have to step up this Saturday and the team has to rely on other results going its way to move upward from its current fourth place on the ladder for the finals.
LADDER leader Kyabram is in the box seat in its clash with Numurkah after restricting the visitors to 114 off 78.5 overs.
The Kyabram bowlers, led by Kanwal Singh, Angus McKenzie and Connor Hawes, applied the brakes to the Numurkah scoring all day.
In a remarkable 24-over spell of tight bowling, Singh conceded just 24 runs and picked up two wickets, while McKenzie leaked only 14 runs from 12 overs in collecting two wickets and Hawes took 3/25 off 11 overs.
With second-placed Euroa making 309 against Northerners, Kyabram has to beat Numurkah this Saturday to be sure of holding top spot on the ladder for the finals.
KYABRAM bowlers have some serious work to do this Saturday to beat Karramomus, which needs a win to be a chance of playing finals.
Kyabram’s first five batsmen all got to double figures but Jason Leocata’s 28 was the highest score in the total of 149.
With Karramomus 0/39 in reply, Kyabram is in deep trouble but will still hold third spot even if it’s beaten.
IN ITS one-day clash, Kyabram took just 28 overs to run through the Toolamba batting line-up for just 41 runs and just four overs with the bat to claim victory.
Wes Shellie (3/3), Harley Orchard (3/10) and Cody Harrison (2/3) triggered the Toolamba collapse and then Wayne O’Neill opened his powerful shoulders to secure the Kyabram win.
O’Neill clubbed four fours and three sixes in racing to 38 not out, sharing an unbroken opening stand of 46 with Col Robinson to bring off the quickfire victory.
Kyabram meets Old Students in the final round this Saturday.