Euroa will make its debut in the Haisman Shield competition when it clashes with Shepparton and Youth Club United tomorrow.By Damen Francis
Euroa’s wait is finally over, as the club prepares to make its Haisman Shield bow tomorrow.
The Magpies will host Shepparton and Youth Club United at Memorial Oval in round two of Cricket Shepparton’s A-grade competition, following an opening round bye.
Captain Ben Milliken said the mood in the club was good and his players were ready to go.
‘‘Everyone went over and watched B-grade and C-grade last week and we had a few away, so we probably would have struggled last week,’’ Milliken said.
‘‘We’ve got a pretty good draw and it’s good to play on a wicket you know to start with.
‘‘We’re used to bowling with the Kookaburra balls. They can be hard to control, because they do move a bit and it does tend to move a bit at Euroa, but other teams will get used to it soon enough.’’
Euroa represents somewhat of an unknown quantity for its opponents, but Milliken said that went both ways and he would be looking to ex-Kialla recruit Travis Frost for advice.
The Magpies did play one game in the pre-season Twenty20 competition — a six-wicket defeat to eventual finalist Mooroopna.
Tim Jackson scored 61 that day and looks set to open the batting tomorrow.
The home side will be without four front-liners in Andrew Squires, opening bowler Brad Gleeson, Daniel Godsmark and young gun Jackman Hinss.
However, they will unleash former Melbourne Cricket Club all-rounder Justin Graham.
The right arm off-spinner and middle-order batsman retired from Premier Cricket at the end of last season and will play a handful of games for Euroa this season.
United skipper Josh Lawrence was aware of Graham’s ability and expected Euroa to be competitive quickly.
‘‘I’m looking forward to (tomorrow’s game),’’ Lawrence said.
‘‘It’s a new area for Cricket Shepparton and it’s good to get out to different places.
‘‘Like everyone, they have a couple of key players. Justin is good with the ball and can hit the ball a long way.
‘‘We only achieved two of our 10 or so game goals last week (against Central Park-St Brendan’s), so we’ll be aiming for five or six this week.’’
Alan Tonks is unavailable and Aaron Carver looks set to be a like-for-like replacement, following his 46 in B-grade last week.
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