Katandra is in prime position in its Haisman Shield match with Kyabram after rolling the Redbacks for 136 on Saturday.OLIVER CAFFREY January 27, 2014 4:53am
Katandra has control of its vital Haisman Shield game against Kyabram going into day two.
The Eagles bowled out Kyabram for just 136 in the 45th over on Saturday after the Redbacks won the toss and batted first at Katandra.
However, two late wickets to Lukas Hanslow have given the Redbacks an outside chance at victory, with the Eagles going into stumps at 4-75, with Jedd Wright and Andrew Nicholls at the crease.
It could have been even better for Alec Young’s Redbacks, with Nicholls given a chance early in his innings.
‘‘It was a pretty regulation chance that would’ve put us in a lot better position, but getting those wickets give us a sniff now,’’ Young said.
Young was not using the dropped catch as an excuse, with his side well below a healthy total.
Eagles opening bowler Tyson Mckenzie (3-23) and Andrew Riordan (3-38) made life difficult for Kyabram, with the former reducing the away side to 2-0, dismissing opening batsmen Robbie O’Donnell and Kyle Mueller.
Young (31) top scored for his side, and along with lower-order contributions from Jack Donnell (23 not out) and Luke Hipwell (21), was able to get the Redbacks to a reasonable total.
Young said a combination of poor shots and great bowling from the Eagles contributed to their downfall.
‘‘They bowled well — we were 3-6 at one stage and we just kept losing wickets, even when it looked like we were in a solid partnership, we would lose another wicket,’’ Young said.
‘‘It (score) was nowhere near enough and we probably had pretty poor shot selection to a few pretty good balls and we just couldn’t concentrate for long enough.’’
Eagles captain Adam Cleary was delighted with his team’s first-day performance, which puts them in the box seat to almost secure a finals place.
‘‘It was a good day for us in the end, we probably could’ve got them out 20 or 30 runs less, we dropped a catch on the last batsman in,’’ he said.
‘‘(Paul) Parsons and Young came out at one stage and batted really well, but we had to be patient and Corey Hickford took a screamer in the outfield to get rid of Young.’’
Cleary said after losing star all-rounder Andrew Riordan (33) late in the day, Jacob Kelly came out before league leading run scorer Jedd Wright to see out the final minutes.
‘‘We sent Jake Kelly out a little bit earlier to keep Jedd in the shed for next week, but he went out late and that will be a bit of a learning experience for him,’’ he said.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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