Mooroopna has stunned Central Park-St Brendan's with a final ball win in Cricket Shepparton's Haisman Shield.DAMEN FRANCIS January 13, 2014 4:10am
Mooroopna has claimed one of the biggest results of the Haisman Shield season so far, taking down ladder-leader Central Park-St Brendan’s on the final ball at Deakin Reserve on Saturday.
Needing one run to tie and two to win, Tiger Connor Hayes played down the ground and while bowler Rhys Taylor could only parry the shot to mid-on, Brady Mulcahy was on hand to flick the ball to Cats captain Brenton Campbell, who removed the bails to effect the run out and hand his team the win.
It was a cruel end for Hayes, who had batted so valiantly to keep the Tigers in the contest, but fitting that Campbell was the one to seal the victory, following his match-winning 72 not out with the bat and 3-29 with the ball.
It was an immensely satisfying win for Mooroopna coach Brendan Kenna, who won against his old club at the first attempt — even if he didn’t get to pull on the whites himself.
‘‘I’ve been injured so I didn’t get to play unfortunately,’’ Kenna said.
‘‘It was strange walking into the old clubrooms and into the grandstand and then having to go to the visitors rooms, but it was good to catch up with the boys, particularly with Pink Stumps Day.
‘‘A couple of players actually said they’ve never played in a game where they’ve beaten Central Park, so it was a tremendous win, but just another game of cricket and we have to move on to next week.’’
Being the first game at Deakin Reserve for the season, Tigers skipper Brendan Scott sent Mooroopna in to bat ‘‘to see how the pitch would play’’.
However, the Cats — aided by some wayward bowling from the home side, which gave up 19 wides — took the opportunity to put runs on the board.
Shane Hughan’s dismissal for 32 led to a mini collapse, as they went from 2-89 to 5-89, but Campbell showed great leadership to steady the ship and combine with Brodie McDonald (32) to post 8-195.
The Tigers had plenty of starts — Layton McCann made 39, Tyrone Bradley 20 and Rohan Larkin 20 — but no-one was able to go on with the job and were staring down the barrel at 8-143.
Hayes, 16, showed tremendous character to post the highest score of his A-grade career and share in a 45-run final-wicket stand with Callum Whitehead, only to fall fractionally short.
Scott praised both batsmen, but admitted his side probably didn’t deserve to win.
‘‘Connor batted fantastically well to get us back into the game and I said to him after the game, he didn’t lose us the game, he actually got us back in the game,’’ Scott said.
‘‘If we had have got away with the result, we would have got away with one.
‘‘If we do happen to miss out on the one-day final it might make the boys’ desire burn a bit more that we’ve missed out on a Twenty20 final and a one-day final. We’ve been pretty lucky to play in a lot of one-day finals, so it might ring a few alarm bells to most of the side and make us switch on a bit more.’’
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