Kyabram Free Press

REDBACKS LOOK FOR EXTRA BITE

- By Gus Underwood

Can Kyabram Cricket Club make a serious bid to claim its first Cricket Shepparton Haisman Shield Trophy in the 2021-22 season?

Semi-finalists for the past three years and five finals appearance­s since joining the Cricket Shepparton ranks in the 2012-13 season have not yet yielded a season decider play-off for the Redbacks.

New coach Jackson Mclay wants to change that.

Mclay said making finals and going all the way was obviously the main aim but acknowledg­ed it was ‘‘a very tough competitio­n.’’

‘‘We bat down to number 11 so we have a lot of batting depth, which should help us a lot,’’ Mclay said.

Kyabram has picked up a handy allrounder in Kaine Herbert, a member of Fire Brigade’s premiershi­p-winning side in Goulburn Murray Cricket last year.

He will provide more batting depth to an already talented line-up led by openers Paul Newman and Billy Mclay, Kyle and Cade Mueller, Charlie Mclay and

Alec Young.

Billy Mclay had a breakout season as an opener last season and will be vital in Kyabram’s top order again with his ability to occupy the crease for long periods.

New-ball bowlers Curtis Stone and Angus Mckenzie are not playing this season but Kyabram is confident Herbert can step up with Alec Young, with their off-spin to complement bowling spearheads

Jackson and Charlie Mclay and Connor Hawes.

Kyabram faces a tough first-up test in the opening round this Saturday, hosting Nagambie, one of the stronger sides in the competitio­n since joining the Cricket Shepparton ranks in the 201819 season.

Nagambie was the homeand-away minor premier last season but lost its first two finals games to make a straight sets exit from the premiershi­p battle, so is also on a mission this season.

All games in Cricket Shepparton this year are one-day (45 overs each team) fixtures.

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Kyabram’s Jackson Mclay – in action here for the Hurley’s Hotel Hounds – is keen for the Redbacks to enjoy a successful Cricket Shepparton season.
Steaming in: Kyabram’s Jackson Mclay – in action here for the Hurley’s Hotel Hounds – is keen for the Redbacks to enjoy a successful Cricket Shepparton season.
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Kaine Herbert.
New recruit: Kaine Herbert.

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