Finals hopes in tatters

February 23, 2017

Kyabram's chances of making its first appearance in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition is hanging by a thread.

KYABRAM’S chances of making its first appearance in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition is hanging by a thread after a batting collapse on the first day of the final round of home and away games on Saturday.

The match was switched from Kyabram to Murchison and Kyabram’s batsmen crumbled against the Katandra attack to be back in the pavilion for just 78 runs in 42 overs.

But Kyabram hit back with the ball to have its rival teetering at 5/64.

None of the Kyabram batsmen got going in the batting debacle.

Harris Carnegie promoted to opener top scored with 19 while Paul Parsons with 18 was next highest scorer.

One of the team’s main batting hopes Kyle Mueller was run out for two.

Kyabram went into the game without young batting talent Cade Mueller who dislocated a knee the previous week and will be sidelined for a month.

While Kyabram will be hard pushed to get premiership points from the game, the side it has a chance of replacing in the top four, Karramomus, posted 205 runs against Numurkah who could also still sneak into the finals if results go its way this Saturday.

B grade

KYABRAM’S B grade side is also in a bit of trouble trying for a big win over bottom side Numurkah to give it a chance of playing finals.

Kyabram fell for 158 in 54.2 overs and in reply Numurkah was travelling well at 1/47.

Matt McDonald hit 57 which included five fours and a six and Jack Young with 45, with seven boundaries, helped Kyabram reach 158 to give their side a chance.

C grade

KYABRAM’’S veteran opener Peter Ryan clubbed a century as his team piled on an impressive 389 runs in the game against Dookie at the Kyabram P12 College oval.

Ryan emulated his feat of the previous season when he also made a century in the final home-and-away round.

His innings of 123 comprised 16 boundaries. He shared in an opening stand of 122 with young Jayden Fitzgerald who scored another half century while Nathan Pell (40), Damien Parsons with a quickfire 42 and Nick Ryan (36) kept the runs coming for Kyabram who are certain to play finals.

 - Gus Underwood

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