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Still chasing first win

Kyabram is still chasing its first win in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition.

December 5, 2012 4:49am

Kyabram skipper Tom Roberts said poor fielding had been costly for his side.

Kyabram is still chasing its first win in Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield competition after second-placed Numurkah chased down its healthy score of 282 at Kyabram on Saturday.

Numurkah skipper and class batsman Mark Brown repeated his opening round batting heroics against Kyabram with a matchwinning knock of 135 as the visitors reeled in Kyabram’s healthy total in the second-last over.

Brown and fellow opener Tyson Woods set the foundation for the winning Numurkah chase with a partnership of 70 before Brown and Jahlan Lau put their side in a winning position with a defiant 109 stand for the second wicket.

Lau was impressive in making 60.

Brown was the fourth Numurkah wicket to fall when the score was 240, and then an unbeaten 35 from Tim Braybon enabled Numurkah to get across the line in a pulsating finish.

Kyabram skipper Tom Roberts said poor fielding had been costly for his side.

‘‘We dropped too many chances, something like six or seven before tea and probably eight or 10 all up. You can’t do that and expect to win against good sides,’’ Roberts said.

‘‘Brown and Lau both batted really well and are really class bats but we gave them chances.

‘‘I thought our bowlers stuck at it really well but they were let down by our fielding.’’

Left-arm opening bowler Robbie O’Donnell was the pick of the bowlers, snaring 3-54 off 21 overs, including five maidens, while young Jack Donnell picked up 2-42 off 12 overs.

Kyabram fronts up to finals candidate Mooroopna in another tough assignment in the next two weeks in a bid to win its first game in its new competition.

Kyabram’s batsmen came up short in its clash with Tatura in the B-grade competition.

Chasing 199 to win, Kyabram could manage only 145, with skipper Matt McDonald’s 41 the best contribution.

Geordie Coventry got 36, but the only other Kyabram batsmen to make it to double figures were veterans Russ Jarrett and Adrian Baker and young talent Cade Mueller.

Tom Devine did the damage with the ball for Tatura with four scalps.

Nic Ross and Geoff Newton bowled the Kyabram D-grade side to a first innings win over Northerners.

Defending Kyabram’s total of 165, highlighted by a dashing knock of 89 by Jason Leocata, Ross returned the outstanding figures of 4-16 off 14 overs, including 10 maidens, while Newton bagged 3-39 off 19 overs, with seven maidens, to have Northeners back in the pavilion for 96.

Kyabram was a scratchy 5-48 in its second innings, but had first innings points safely in its keeping.

Kyabram’s under-14 side’s bowlers successfully defended a score of 116 againts Kialla Knights.

Angus McKenzie picked up 4-9 off seven overs as the Knights fell for 101.

Kyabram was 4-86 in its second innings with openers Beau Joyce and Billy McLay putting on a 39-run stand.

Kyabram’s under-12 A-grade cricketers secured outright points in its match with Mooroopna.

Restricting Mooroopna to 97 in its first innings, Kyabram replied with 7-98 before Mooroopna declared at 3-125 in its second innings.

Noah Ryan with 20 not out, Jayden Fitzgerald (19) and Connor Hawes (14 not out) did best with the bat for Kyabram in its first innings.

With opener Connor Hawes showing the way along with Ryan again stepping up with an unbeaten 29 and handy late knocks from Mitchell Fitzgerald and Alex Plumber, Kyabram reached 7-147 in its second innings to claim a maximum 10 premiership points.

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