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Katandra takes day one honours against Kyabram

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

Kyabram captain Alec Young top scored for the Redbacks.

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.

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