In a battle for sixth spot, Numurkah looks as if it might be trading places with Kyabram after its disappointing score of 150 at the showgrounds on Saturday.
Kyabram opted to chase as it sent in its higher-placed opponents to bat first, which may have turned out to be a favourable decision as the opposition started slowly.
Numurkah’s opening batsman Tim Braybon was dismissed for a duck and captain Liam Gledhill followed suit not long after.
The Blues soon found themselves clutching at straws, sitting at 3-28, but Jack Furnival’s arrival at the crease saw the all-rounder contribute as Numurkah’s best, scoring 65.
In the end, Furnival’s dismissal led to a bottom order collapse as the Blues lost 4-7, with five batsmen in total failing to score above 10 runs.
Along with Braybon and Gledhill, James Pruden (2), Sean Dawson (2) and Andrew Cline all failed to reach double figures.
After toppling its opponents, Kyabram was then sent in to face 15 overs towards the end of the day’s play, the Redbacks came through unscathed.
Jackson McLay (14) and Paul Parson (23) will return to the crease in the second innings as they attempt to claw back the 102-run deficit.
Kyabram coach Glen Hart was optimistic about his team’s performance, but is still wary of the threat that Numurkah poses.
‘‘They have got the runs on the board. It doesn’t seem like a lot but it is difficult when you are chasing,’’ Hart said.
With finals potentially around the corner Hart is not looking too far ahead as he focuses on the old manta, ‘‘one week at a time’’.
‘‘Every game for us now is critical to keep the season going.
‘‘We just have to perform each week, take it game by game and the ladder will take care of itself,’’ Hart said.
STATE OF PLAY AFTER DAY ONE
Numurkah 150 (Jack Furnival 65, Tim Arnel 27, Jahlan Lau 16, Curtis Ryan 3-27, Alec Young 3-35) v Kyabram 0-48 (Jackson McLay 14, Paul Parson 23)
Curtis Ryan (Kyabram): With a finals spot up for grabs, Ryan was influential for Kyabram, snaring three of the first four wickets to help set up an impressive bowling display from the Redbacks.