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Hangan in there for debut

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January 13, 2017

Batting time is the key.

That is the view of Daniel Coombs as a seventh win of the Haisman Shield season stares Old Students in the face.

The Students are well placed to keep pressure on ladder-leader Central Park-St Brendan’s in the lead-up to to the finals if they can make 161 more runs against Mooroopna tomorrow.

A dominant display with the ball last week dismantled the Cats’ top order before a brave fightback through Mark Kitto and Paul Marshall.

But the home side could only muster 187 batting first, despite the duo’s efforts.

Coombs will resume with Manny Singh as the Students are 1-27.

‘‘We’ve just got to bat 80 overs because we only need two (runs) an over, so batting time is the key,’’ Coombs said. ‘‘The wicket wasn’t the easiest to bat on last week, but the outfield is quick and we’ve just got to rotate the strike, put away the bad balls and bat sensibly.’’

As well as having an opportunity to gain a tighter hold on a top-two position, the Students will get a look at the future.

Wes Strang was only available for the first day and young gun Connor Hangan will replace him in the side. Hangan is still eligible to play in the under-14s, but incredible performances in the junior grade, including two centuries last year, have had him called upon to make his A-grade debut.

‘‘He’s a big talent for the future and this will be a good opportunity for him to get a go in A-grade,’’ Coombs said.

‘‘Connor has already made that transition to playing a few games in B-grade and he’s performed well enough there to get a go.’’

Mooroopna captain Andrew Cowen believes his side is not out of the contest, despite the Students having the better of day one.

‘‘We’re going to be up against it needing to nine wickets for less than 160, we’re certainly not discounting us, but we’ll know a lot more about both teams come Saturday night,’’ Cowen said.

‘‘Our bowlers have been in good form, Jeremy Mullane is coming off 11 wickets for the match before Christmas and Marshall has been economical.

‘‘Aaron DiFede has also come back in the side and gives us a good core three bowlers to go with.’’

‘‘What we did well towards the end of last year was knocking sides over fairly cheaply, so I’m looking forward to the challenge.’’

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