Red­backs are feel­ing Young at heart

Shepparton News - - HAISMAN SHIELD - By Tyler Ma­her

Kyabram is still alive in the Hais­man Shield fi­nals race af­ter a solid bat­ting per­for­mance on Satur­day.

But the Red­backs will have to re­main as su­perb as they have been for most of the sea­son with the ball if they are to se­cure vic­tory over Shep­par­ton United when play re­sumes next week­end.

Alec Young (78) and Troy Thom­son (34) pro­vided the high­lights for Kyabram at Princess Park as the vis­i­tors ground out a to­tal of 217 from 80 overs.

But as well as bat­tling the try­ing con­di­tions, the Red­backs had to com­bat the heat of United’s Sam Nash.

Many of Kyabram’s batsmen could not han­dle that task though, with the young fire­brand snar­ing 5-59 from a mam­moth — when the soar­ing tem­per­a­tures were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion — 22 overs.

Dwain Vi­dler (1-30), Matt Bar­clay (1-31) and Harry Tonks (1-44) also took wick­ets for United, while Re­han Bari’s 18 overs came at the cost of just 22 runs and in­cluded six maid­ens.

Thom­son held down the fort for Kyabram early at the top of the or­der as wick­ets fell around him.

The opener was joined by Young with the score­board read­ing 3-43, and from their the pair set about chang­ing the face of the Red­backs’ in­nings.

While their part­ner­ship yielded only 44 runs in the end, it helped pave the way for the likes of Rob­bie O’Don­nell (15), Lukas Hanslow (15), Jack­son McLay (18) and Char­lie McLay (16 not out) to do their best to stick around with Young and steer their side to a de­fend­able to­tal.

United will re­main con­fi­dent in their abil­ity to reel the score in on their home deck, but with Char­lie (19 wick­ets at 11.21) and Jack­son McLay (19 at 11.42) in su­perb form with the ball, this round 10 fix­ture re­mains any­one’s game.

Just re­wards: Shep­par­ton United’s Sam Nash claimed 5-59 from 22 overs on Satur­day.

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