KYABRAM, back in finals reckoning in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition, will be chasing a hat-trick of wins when the season resumes this Saturday.
Kyabram meets seventh placed Shepparton United at Princess Park, Shepparton in a game vital to both teams.
Kyabram will be again without its skipper and top runmaker Kyle Mueller, who is currently on holidays in America, but has gained a lot of self belief with wins in its past two games.
It scored its most decisive win for the season in the pre Christmas round, losing just two wickets chasing down Euroa’s score of 134 in the one-day clash at Kyabram.
In that game Euroa’s batsmen found runs hard to get against the Kyabram attack led by stand-in skipper Jackson McLay.
McLay took 4/17 off nine overs to keep the Euroa batsmen under pressure from the start. He was well supported by Jonathan Hipwell with 3/32 off nine overs.
A batting promotion for Kyabram coach Glenn Hart proved a winner, with the veteran combining with Troy Thomson for a morale boosting 93-run opening stand.
Hart was out for 56 with six fours and a six while Thomson carried his bat in a determined knock that included four boundaries.
Thomson and Billy McLay, with an unbeaten 17, picked off the runs needed for the win after Hart’s dismissal.
AFTER bundling Euroa out for 79 the previous week and gaining a first innings lead when it reached 6/130 declared in reply, Kyabram pulled off a maximum points win over Euroa in the round prior to Christmas.
With Nic Ryan grabbing 5/14, Euroa was dismissed for 95 in its second innings, leaving the visitors 45 runs to secure the maximum points win, a feat they achieved for the loss of three wickets.
A COUPLE of golden oldies stepped up with the bat to secure an easy win for Kyabram over Waaia in its game prior to Christmas.
Opener Peter Ryan with 33 and former star Ross Brown with an unbeaten 35 produced a matchwinning second wicket stand as Kyabram lost just one wicket covering Waaia’s score of 84.
Kyabram also had some stars with the ball, with Mason McDonald snaring 4/8 off five overs and Beau Metcalf claiming 3/15 off 4.4 overs.