KYABRAM’S chances of playing in this season’s Cricket Shepparton finals were in the balance after the first day of its clash with Mooroopna on Saturday.
Again several Kyabram batsmen got a start but failed to go on with it as the home side built a modest but still competitive score of 184 off 77.3 overs.
The exception was born again opener Troy Thomson who continued his good recent form to top score with a disciplined 47.
He gave a lesson to some of his younger and more eager teammates in the value of putting a price on your wicket and fighting for every run.
The most support he got was from Paul Parsons with 25, Cade Mueller (20) and Jackson McLay (21).
Kyabram failed to get a big partnership going with a 46-run stand for the second wicket between Thomson and Billy McLay, who made 15, the most productive of the innings.
Kyabram’s bowlers now have to stand up this week to keep their side in the finals hunt in what should be an absorbing day’s play.
■Kyabram is also locked in an interesting clash against
Mooroopna in B grade.
The home side won the toss, elected to bat and posted 182 in the clash at Mooroopna.
Connor Hawes ripped through the tailenders and finished up with 5/44 off 19.2 overs to keep Kyabram in the game, along with Jason Parsons who claimed 3/1 off five overs.
Kyabram made a positive start in its run chase, reaching 0/25 at stumps with openers Wes Shellie (13) and Nathan Pell (11) to continue the Kyabram innings this Saturday.
■Kyabram’s E grade side had the bye.