One enough for Euroa side
TWO- DAY cricket was back this week and Euroa played host to Kyabram desperately needing a win to atone for an underwhelming oneday campaign.
It may have been a two-day match, however, the Magpies would require just the one to take the points.
Euroa has always fancied itself as a good bowling side, but as yet had failed to produce a really strong overall performance.
Perhaps it was merely a case of the wrong coloured ball, because with the red cherry, the home team tore through the Redbacks on what looked a grassy, but true enough wicket.
Kyabram started well, nudging the ball around and seeing off some fairly challenging bowling early.
They made Euroa work in the field, playing ‘tippity’ as they edged their way to 21 without loss.
Finally getting one to rear up off the deck, Euroa had their first. From there, the floodgates opened.
Brad Gleeson trapped the number three in front first ball, and not long after, Riley Dowell had the other opener on his way caught and bowled.
3- 40 wasn’t the worst start to an innings, and the next batsmen steadied the ship somewhat, profiting from bowling that was at times a little impatient, attacking the stumps looking for a fourth wicket before the drinks break.
The pair would reach 71, until Broderick Floyd, who had bowled very few overs in the games prior, ripped through the middle order- ably assisted by Gleeson and Lucas Paul at the other end.
Kyabram very quickly went from 3-71, to all out for just 102.
Floyd finishing with the figures 3-7 off 7 overs, managing to dip and turn the ball, gifting keeper Corey Robins his first stumping of the season, and a caught behind just an over later.
Brad Gleeson also finished with three wickets in a return to form.
Chasing the low total presented few problems for the black and white, despite losing a couple of wickets in relatively quick succession.
However, when chasing such a score on the first day of a two-dayer, you can’t help thinking about the possibility of pressing home your advantage and perhaps earning a few extra points.
Perhaps this kind of thinking was the reason behind Euroa getting itself into a small amount of trouble early on.
Corey Robins was the first to go, adjudged LBW after struggling to deal with the pace and bounce of the Redbacks’ opener.
Both Linton Colclough and Rodney Jones will also have to sit and watch next week, as both unfortunately fell to some handy bowling.
Three down with still 60 or so to get, dreams of an outright win were fading somewhat. Luckily, the ever reliable Lucas Paul was there once again to recompose the innings.
UNDER PRESSURE: Lucas Paul bowls as the Euroa B grade players Corey Robins (WK), Brad Gleeson and Ben Jones surround the bat close to the end of the innings against Kyabram.