A fighting century from Kyabram star Paul Parsons ensured the Redbacks made a decent fist of its pursuit of Mooroopna’s titanic total of 392 at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Saturday.By Damen Francis
A fighting century from Kyabram star Paul Parsons ensured the Redbacks made a decent fist of its pursuit of Mooroopna’s titanic total of 392 at Mooroopna Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Parsons has struggled with the bat in his first Haisman Shield season, but was back to his best against the Cats, with 102 of his side’s 7-304.
A heartened Redbacks skipper Tom Roberts described the knock as a ‘‘typical Paul Parsons innings’’.
‘‘It was a quality innings, he was pretty slow to start with, but he got more aggressive as he went on,’’ Roberts said.
‘‘He might have had one chance when he was on about 30, but it was a good knock because he has been out of form.
‘‘He’s been batting all right, but has just been getting good balls.’’
Facing such a large target, Kyabram’s main objective was to bat its 80 overs, but on a flat wicket, it managed to maintain a solid run rate at the same time.
However, as the tea break approached it became clear the Cats’ total was not under threat.
‘‘Around tea they probably put the brakes on us a bit,’’ Roberts said.
‘‘The plan was just to bat 80 overs and we do have a lot of players in our top six that are quite aggressive.
‘‘At one stage we were going at 4.5 (runs) an over, but it was more about seeing where we were at, because it’s a bit easier to score faster late in the day.
‘‘It was a good effort, they have a good bowling attack and if we can improve the bowling side of things there should be a few wins for us after Christmas.’’
Parsons received sturdy support from Jason Parsons (39) and the in-form Sam Nelson, before a mix up and some sharp work in the field from Mooroopna skipper Brenton Campbell resulted in Nelson being run out for 18.
Roberts made 33 not out at number eight, sharing in an excellent partnership with Jack Donnell, who made 46.
Mooroopna wicketkeeper Matt Kitto dropped a catch early, but recovered to snare two stumpings off Simon D’Elia’s off-spin, including the key wicket of Parsons.
Campbell was satisfied with securing the points, despite a long day in the field.
‘‘We were just happy to get on and get the six points,’’ Campbell said.
‘‘We did a fair bit of work to get the pitch ready, it was flat and pretty hard, it did swing a little bit early, but after that it was pretty up and down.
‘‘They were batting well, but 390 is a huge total.’’
Mooroopna goes into the Christmas break in third spot on the ladder, while Kyabram remains at the bottom of the table, still in search of a first win.
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