A club record for the eighth wicket stand could prove to be Karramomus’s saviour against Old Students.
The Bloods were in strife at 7-121 in their Haisman Shield match until veteran Paul Trevaskis and off-spinner Stuart Turner came together on Vibert Reserve.
On a wicket that has seen its fair share of runs in recent weeks, the pair more than doubled the team’s score in their 125-run partnership.
Turner has been doing it with the ball for the Bloods, but he turned it on with the bat on Saturday as he struck a terrific 71 from 87 balls.
Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson, who started well with 49 opening the batting, praised the efforts of Trevaskis and Turner.
‘‘We started off losing a couple of wickets, but Mitch McGrath was batting well for a while and then we lost another couple,’’ Ibbotson said.
‘‘Stuey went down the order and he’s finished off the innings well and it was good to see him and Trevvy put us back in the game.
‘‘It was just good batting, they picked their balls to get after and turned the strike over beautifully.’’
Turner was the last man dismissed, run out trying to push the score along.
For the Students, three bowlers took three wickets each, with Andrew Ireland, Tyson McKenzie and Nick Breslin getting reward for effort.
Ireland and Sam Allen were sent out to face a tense four-over period before stumps, but the pair survived to see the Students to 0-1.
Students’ playing coach Daniel Coombs said it was a mixed day in the field, but would back his side to chase down the runs on a good ground.
‘‘It could’ve been a lot worse in the end because Paul Trevaskis was going well and got out suddenly,’’ Coombs said.
‘‘The outfield is quick and there isn’t a lot of sideways movement, so it wasn’t easy to take wickets, but to have them 7-120 it would’ve been nice to run through them after that.’’
Coombs said his side believed it could chase the score despite coming off a dramatic collapse in its last match against Mooroopna.
‘‘I think it’s a good test for us because we failed chasing 180-odd last week and we need to push ourselves up coming into finals,’’ Coombs said.
Young Karramomus star Andrew Poppa will not play for the Bloods for the rest of the season as he tries his hand in Victorian Premier Cricket.
He is playing for Carlton this season after appearing in three games for Greenvale Kangaroos in 2015.
STATE OF PLAY AFTER DAY ONE
Karramomus 251 (Stuart Turner 71, Paul Trevaskis 53, Jason Ibbotson 49, Tyson McKenzie 3-38, Andrew Ireland 3-64, Nick Breslin 3-70) v Old Students 0-1 (Andrew Ireland 1 not out, Sam Allen 0 not out)
Stuart Turner (Karramomus): Has been an important player for the Bloods in recent times. Turner dominated with the ball in two Twenty20 games, but his 71 down the order could prove to be his finest hour yet.