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Numurkah’s class on show in Haisman Shield win against Karramomus

By Alex Mitchell

Numurkah’s all-round class was on show on Saturday in a comfortable Haisman Shield win against Karramomus.

After the Bloods won the toss and batted and cruised to 0-62, the Blues’ weaponry spinners turned the game on its head.

Michael Eckard excelled picking up 2-15 in nine overs, while Liam Gledhill and Shaun Downie took another five wickets between them, keeping Karramomus to 8-158 from 45 overs.

It proved an easy chase for the Blues after openers Josh Smith (46) and Dylan Grandell (43) got things going, able to track the total down with four wickets and 10 overs in hand.

Blues captain Liam Gledhill said it had been business as usual for his side as it moved to 4-0 for the season.

‘‘It was a good game of cricket, at 0-62 I thought we’d be chasing 200,’’ he said.

‘‘We were able to take crucial wickets at crucial stages, and really tie them down at the back end. To keep them to 150, I was really happy with that because it could be a lot more on that outfield.

‘‘Michael Eckard has bowled really well this year, and took 2-15 off nine overs, he really clawed us back into the game.’’

Mitch McGrath looked strong for the Bloods making 57 at the top of the order, but only Luke Forge (28) and Chris Keady (23 not out) made runs after a middle-order collapse had the side lose 4-18.

Smith and Grandell added 94 for the first wicket, meaning the Blues could switch around their order.

‘‘It was a really good start, Smithy and Dyl are really good mates, we’re really trying to build these two as our openers for the rest of the year now,’’ Gledhill said.

‘‘We flipped the order around a bit so everyone is getting a go. (Tim) Braybon hadn’t had a hit this season, and we got Joel O’Dwyer and Sam Lewis up there too. It’s really important they get some experience facing A-grade attacks.’’

Karramomus captain Stuart Turner, who picked up three wickets, said positive signs did not mask the fact his side had been outplayed.

‘‘They cruised really, but there were some good signs and that’s what we have to do at the moment, take the positive and push forward,’’ he said.

‘‘It was good to see our top order put on a bit of a clinic, but the middle-order was no good.

‘‘Good teams attack from that position (0-62) and push forward, where we fell away.

‘‘There were a few good bowling partnerships, and Luke Sibley in his first game bowled unreal.’’