Karramomus drew first blood in what could be the first of two finals against Central Park-St Brendan’s this season. For the second time in 12 months, the Bloods halted a Tigers winning streak, this time ending a run of four straight Cricket Shepparton one-day titles, with victory in yesterday’s final at Deakin Reserve.
Karramomus drew first blood in what could be the first of two finals against Central Park-St Brendan’s this season.
For the second time in 12 months, the Bloods halted a Tigers winning streak, this time ending a run of four straight Cricket Shepparton one-day titles, with victory in yesterday’s final at Deakin Reserve.
It doubled as revenge for defeat in last year’s decider.
After winning the toss and electing to bat on a hard, flat wicket, Central Park-St Brendan’s stuttered to 166.
Karramomus had time on its side and used it well, passing the score with 11 balls and three wickets to spare.
“I was happy with our bowling, but I knew it would be hard work against those blokes, because they’re just so good at this sort of cricket and so good at defending totals like that,” Bloods captain Chris Keady said.
“It was always close and we just needed those few good overs towards the end to get the momentum going again.”
The Bloods were positive in the chase from the outset, but openers Paul Trevaskis (caught behind) and Jason Ibbotson (run out) both fell trying to force the issue when the Tigers tied them down.
Taylor Dunning (33) looked in terrific touch and was only brought undone by an incredible catch from Ramadan Yze off his own bowling.
After a brief struggle, man of the match Keady (50) and Sam Beggs (14) got together and guided their team home.
Three straight boundaries to Keady off Tom Chalkley effectively ended the resistance, with only seven needed from the final three overs.
“I was just waiting for an over where I could hit with the wind and I picked on the young bloke a little bit,’’ Keady said.
‘‘He bowled well the rest of the day, but he just got a couple in a good area for me.
“I knew I could rely on Beggsy, he’s one man you would have out there in a situation like that.’’
Earlier, the Tigers were cruising at 1-63, but wickets fell at regular intervals from then on.
The dismissals of Brayden Tracey and Rhiley Lau were particularly costly, with the set pair falling in consecutive deliveries.
As was Rohan Larkin’s run out, pushing for an extra run that was an unnecessary risk and getting caught short by Trevaskis’ long arm from the deep.
For the Tigers, only Tracey (59), Tim Kelly (21) and Tyler Larkin (16) reached double figures.
“We go out thinking that we can defend 166 and the bowlers did a fantastic job to get us into the second last over, but 166 on that deck was never going to be enough,” Tigers skipper Brendan Scott said.
“We had blokes that were going all right and we were on track for 230 at one stage and then we were lucky to get over 150.
“We thought we had their run rate under control, which in one-day cricket is something we pride ourselves on, but the best team won on the day.”
Kelly was the pick of the bowlers, but it was not reflected in his figures of 1-29, while Yze (2-34) and Rohan Larkin (2-33) also had an impact.
For the Bloods, Dale Stratton had 3-43 and Pramuka Liyanage 2-28.
With two rounds to go the Tigers and Bloods occupy the top two places on the Haisman Shield ladder, suggesting a rematch could be just around the corner.
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