It has got down to win and play finals, lose and miss out for Kyabram in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition.
Kyabram suffered its first defeat in its past three games at the hands of second bottom side Northerners on Saturday, relegating it to seventh spot with an appointment with fourth- placed Katandra in the final home-and-away round starting this Saturday at Kyabram.
Both Karramomus and Numurkah – who meet in the final home-and-away round starting this Saturday – and Northerners are locked in a four-way battle with Kyabram for the last spot in the top six in the final home-and away round.
Kyabram’s batsmen have been patchy all season and produced a mediocre score of 158 at Tallyaroopna last Saturday chasing the Northerners total of 189.
Paceman Joel Brett took five wickets to set up the win for the home side.
The Mueller brothers Kyle and Cade again did their bit to get Kyabram over the line but once again lacked support.
Coming off 91 in the previous round Kyle contributed 50 with seven boundaries while Cade was the next best contributor with 23 with two fours and a six.
Skipper Alec Young was the only other batsman to make it to 20 as Kyabram fell in 66.3 overs.
■Sixth-placed Kyabram’s B grade side must win its final round to be sure of playing finals after a poor batting performance against Northerners.
Chasing 190 to win on Saturday, Kyabram surrendered for just 115 in 45.1 overs.
Five Kyabram batsmen got to double figures but the highest contributors Jason Parsons and Matt McDonald made only 18 runs.
Kyabram meets bottom side Numurkah in the final round starting this Saturday and a win will ensure a finals berth.
■With C, D and E grades called off due to the heat last Saturday Kyabram’s C grade side is entrenched in the top six after getting a first innings decision over Karramomus on the opening day of their clash the previous week.
Kyabram meets Dookie in the final home-and-away round and although it can’t lose its spot in the four positions could still change.
- Gus Underwood