One enough for Euroa side

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS -

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.

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