Great time for a Bren­ton

CAMP­BELL QUICKLY FINDS TOUCH TO MAKE AN UN­BEATEN CEN­TURY AND HAVE CATS LICK­ING THEIR LIPS

Shepparton News - - CRICKET - By Alex Mitchell (Bren­ton Camp­bell 105 not out, Brodie McDon­ald 57, Paul Mar­shall 45, Tyson McKen­zie 4-50, Nick Bres­lin 3-76)

Mooroopna is in the box seat to make it five Hais­man Shield games in a row with­out de­feat af­ter a bat­ting bo­nanza against Old Stu­dents on Satur­day.

Despite star im­ports Will Hale and Ro­man Walker com­bin­ing for just seven runs, the Cats posted a huge 8-310 in 80 overs, led by Bren­ton Camp­bell’s classy 105 not out.

Well-po­si­tioned for the win head­ing into Satur­day’s day two, Mooroopna would be no fur­ther than nine points should re­sult.

The big to­tal did not come with­out some panic, how­ever, the Cats slip­ping from 1-112 to 5-129 be­fore Camp­bell and Paul Mar­shall (45) set about get­ting things back on track.

Brodie McDon­ald (57) and Brady Mulc­ahy (41) had helped the side to the fast start, and coach Brad Lowe said his side felt in con­trol of pro­ceed­ings.

‘‘Ob­vi­ously we knew it was go­ing to be hot and it would have been hard work for the off the fi­nals race it com­plete the Old Stu­dents in the Lowe said.

‘‘But we got off to a re­ally good start, we looked steady, but we went from 1-112 to 5-129.

‘‘To get those late part­ner­ships was great, Bren­ton field,’’ Camp­bell in his sec­ond game back was fan­tas­tic, that was a re­ally good ef­fort. With 310 on the board, that’s some­thing to look for­ward to for next week and hope­fully we can roll them.’’

Stu­dent Tyson McKen­zie (4-50) did his bit in try­ing to swing the game, tak­ing the scalps of Mulc­ahy, Walker and Hale as his side got on top.

But Lowe was thrilled his side had shown it does not just need its stars to fire to come up with a com­pet­i­tive score.

‘‘(Camp­bell) is a classy crick­eter, there’s no doubt about that,’’ he said.

‘‘We threw him straight in against Tat, but he didn’t get much of a chance in a one­dayer, but yes­ter­day he re­ally showed that ma­tu­rity and fought his way through a time when Old Stu­dents were up and about. He cashed in late in the in­nings.

‘‘The big pos­i­tive was our two im­ports made seven be­tween them and we still ended up with 310 on the board. There won’t be too many times when they both fail and we were still able to make a big score.’’

It was 2013-14 Lus­combe medal­list Camp­bell’s fourth Hais­man Shield cen­tury and his first since that same sea­son.

Nick Bres­lin toiled for the Stu­dents, bowl­ing 27 overs to fin­ish with 3-76.

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