Great time for a Brenton
CAMPBELL QUICKLY FINDS TOUCH TO MAKE AN UNBEATEN CENTURY AND HAVE CATS LICKING THEIR LIPS
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.