Central Park-St Brendan’s completed a comfortable first innings victory over Karramomus in their round-nine Haisman Shield clash, but at one point looked likely to push for a big outright victory.
Set an imposing total of 337, Karramomus was in big trouble at 5-39 with Ethan Baxter taking 3-12, before a middle-order fightback added substance to their innings.
An 87-run partnership between Chris Keady (62) and keeper Luke Forge (51) righted the ship for the chasing side on their way to a total of 200, staving off the threat of an outright loss in the process.
Tom Chalkley (4-35) was the pick of the bowlers along with Baxter for Central Park-St Brendan’s, a sentiment captain Ramadan Yze shared.
‘‘I thought Chalkley and young Ethan set the game up well for us with good early bowling to put us in a great position,’’ Yze said.
Yze said he always thought Karramomus would fight back, but knew with runs on the board his side was always in charge.
‘‘We knew they batted deep, so we had to stay on top of them, but the score on the board let me share the bowling around after the early wickets to see who we can rely on going into a tough back end of the season,’’ Yze said.
That tough back end of the season is an understatement, with the Tigers’ three remaining matches against teams in the chasing pack directly below them.
Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson applauded his team’s fight after a tough start.
‘‘It was always going to be tough chasing a big score, but even after we lost a few early wickets there was still hope while Chris (Keady) and Luke (Forge) were at the crease,’’ Ibbotson said.
Six-time Lightfoot medallist Keady took five wickets in the first innings and top scored with 62.
‘‘Chris makes cricket look easy no matter what he’s doing, no wonder he’s won so many Lightfoots,’’ Ibbotson said.
Karramomus faces a tough task to make finals.
“We would have to beat Old Students next week to have any chance,’’ Ibbotson said.
The Tigers remain firmly entrenched at the top of the ladder, while Karramomus slipped to eighth.
Central Park-St Brendan’s 337 and 1-31 (Brayden McGregor 77, Rhiley Lau 73, Brendan Scott 64, Chris Keady 5-67, Jono Mandaradoni 2-50) defeated Karramomus 200 (Chris Keady 62, Luke Forge 51, Tom Chalkley 4-35, Ethan Baxter 3-12).
Chris Keady (Karramomus): Once again Keady was the best player on the day, this time starring with the bat after leading the charge with the ball last week. His 62 came off only 60 balls at a time when the Bloods were in deep trouble at 5-39.