Kyabram wins first game in Cricket Shepparton.
Kyabram Cricket Club’s frustrating wait to win its first game in the Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition is over.
Kyabram won its first game in the competition on Saturday, downing Mooroopna at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve in the third of the one-day games to start the season.
It ended a winless first season in its new competition last year and two narrow losses in the first two rounds of this summer.
After extending two-time reigning premier Karramomus and Numurkah in the opening two rounds, Kyabram clinched the elusive win on the back of some spirited bowling performances, particularly from former skipper Tom Roberts and Paul Parsons.
Roberts and Parsons picked up three wickets to help restrict the home side to 146, which was ten runs shy of Kyabram’s 156.
Mooroopna reached 2-83 after losing its first two wickets for one run, but three quick middle order wickets to Paul Parsons tilted the game back in Kyabram’s favour and it was able to bowl out its host in 43.1 overs.
Parsons picked up 3-29 off nine overs and Roberts 3-23 off eight overs, while Brad Ryan chipped in with two wickets and Robbie O’Donnell one.
Kyabram posted 156, with new recruit Jack Young steadying the middle order after opener Robbie O’Donnell with 27, Matt Ryan with 22 at second drop and skipper Alec Young with 27 had helped Kyabram to reach 3-91.
But out of its last five batsmen, Jack Young with a knock of 40, which included seven boundaries, was the only contributor.
Young was relieved to get Kyabram’s maiden win in is new competition out of the way.
‘‘Hopefully from now that win will give us more self-belief. We weren’t far away in our first two games, so that was a good reward,’’ Young said.
‘‘We still need to make more runs to give our bowlers a better chance to win games and we don’t need any more run outs as we had four in this game.’’
Kyabram will host perennial finalists Central Park-St Brendan’s on Saturday in another one day game.
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