Kyabram faces a must win gameFebruary 19, 2014 4:20am
The equation is simple for Kyabram.
Beat Numurkah in the final home-and-away round starting on Saturday and play in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition for the first time.
Lose and it will be Numurkah playing in the finals.
The showdown at Numurkah has eventuated after ironically rain — and not heat — washed out the second day of the penultimate round on Saturday.
But Numurkah was able to still extract six points from the round after taking a first innings lead in its game against Tatura on the opening day.
It lifted Numurkah into seventh spot only a half a game behind fifth-placed Kyabram and with a superior percentage it will take Kyabram’s spot in the top six for the finals if it wins.
Sixth-placed Katandra can’t be dislodged from the top six as its gets six premiership points for the bye.
Kyabram has met Numurkah once this season in round two and was beaten, but has lost one of its past six games since then to give itself a chance to play finals after not winning a game in its inaugural season in Cricket Shepparton last year.
The ball is squarely at the feet of the Kyabram players.
Losing no option
Tongala needs to beat Echuca South this Saturday to book its place in the Goulburn Murray Cricket finals.
The match has reverted to a one-day clash after the opening day of the final home-and-away round was washed out last Saturday.
The winner of the Tongala-Echuca South showdown is assured of a finals spot, but the loser almost certainly will be replaced in the finals by Moama unless ninth-placed Cooma upsets sixth-placed Bamawm-Lockington United.
Moama is expected to get the points against bottom side Stanhope, so will play finals if it wins, replacing the loser of the Tongala-Echuca South clash or BLU.
Fire Brigade has locked in third place and regardless of its outcome with unbeaten top side Echuca this Saturday will remain there and meet the fourth-placed side in the first week of the finals on Saturday week.
Final round games: Echuca v Fire Brigade, Tongala v Echuca South, BLU v Cooma, Moama v Stanhope, Northern United v Rochester United.
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