A SKIPPER’S knock has clinched Kyabram a spot in this season’s Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield finals.
Stylish left-handed batsman Kyle Mueller posted his second century in the competition as Kyabram built a competitive score of 9/258 on the first day of its clash with another finals hopeful, Tatura, at the Kyabram recreation reserve on Saturday.
The Kyabram captain played a controlled innings and reached his century in the second last over of the day.
He hit nine fours and two sixes and shared in a 103-run sixth wicket stand with Paul Parsons which took Kyabram’s score from 5/155 to 258.
In a confidence-boosting knock on the eve of the finals Parsons finished with an unbeaten 44 with four boundaries.
Earlier opener Troy Thomson continued his good season with 25 while Billy McLay also played his part with 37 at first drop.
Kyabram’s bowlers then produced the desired result for their side on Sunday, dismissing the youthful Tatura line-up for a fighting 177 runs.
Left-arm off-spin bowler Jonathan Hipwell continued his recent good form to snare four wickets at a cost of 61 runs from a marathon 22.5 overs while Lukas Hanslow picked up 3/39 off 12 overs. Charlie McLay conceded just 11 runs from 15 overs in claiming one wicket to keep Tatura behind the clock in its run chase.
The win has entrenched Kyabram in the top six on the ladder and now it meets Old Students in the final round starting this Saturday.
Old Students bowed out of the flag race when beaten by Nagambie at the weekend.
Kyabram had a good win over Tatura to further entrench its spot in the top six.
Connor Hawes claimed 3/22 in Tatura’s score of 121 and then Robbie O’Donnell guided Kyabram to 9/136 — and victory — with an unbeaten 41.
Kyabram meets lowly Old Students in the final round, which starts this Saturday, but can’t lose its spot in the finals even if it suffers a surprise loss.
Kyabram recorded a decisive win over Shepparton United.
With Daniel Anderson (59) showing the way, well supported by veterans Chris Usher (42) and Matt McDonald (28) and also Andrew Metcalf (23), Kyabram compiled 7/225. Then led by Matt McDonald with 3/7 Kyabram bowled United out for 104.
The win keeps Ky in second but it meets third-placed Central Park St Brendan’s and top side Northerners in the final two rounds.