Liam Gledhill’s seven-wicket haul was not enough for Numurkah to defeat Kyabram on Saturday.
The Redbacks were 0-48 starting day two of the vital Haisman Shield clash and only needed 102 to jump their opponents on the ladder, and that they did.
Kyabram surpassed its opponents’ total of 150 with seven wickets in hand before running away with the fixture, scoring 288 off 89.3 overs.
Kyle Mueller was the pick of the batsmen for Kyabram, smashing an impressive nine fours and two sixes on his way to 91.
Fellow batsman Jackson McLay also featured prominently for the travelling side before he was dismissed on 50, while Cade Mueller chipped in with 33.
Redbacks coach Glenn Hart was impressed with his side’s performance.
‘‘It was a really good result. To get the 100-odd runs that we needed was comforting and then for the boys to have a swing with little pressure once we chased down the total was great to see,’’ Hart said.
In what could have been a potential banana peel for Kyabram, Hart believed it was interesting going into the game knowing his side was so close yet so far from the total needed.
‘‘It is difficult. You don’t want lose from that position, it would be quite embarrassing, but the boys got off to a good start and then we were able to set ourselves up from there,’’ Hart said.
Mueller was a standout for the Redbacks and being a fellow left-hander, Hart was in awe of the batsman.
‘‘He was great to watch. He restricted himself early, but once we got the lead he let himself go and played some beautiful shots,’’ Hart said.
‘‘It was a shame to see him not reach the century.’’
The disappointing loss for Numurkah came in front of past players, members and officials who attended Saturday’s match for their reunion and the announcement of its team of the decade.
Gledhill continues to steer the ship for the Blues, but he often does it alone.
The part-time bowler and regular batsman continually poses Numurkah’s biggest threat with the ball, claiming 26 wickets, while Tim Arnel (16) and Tim Braybon (9) have chipped in at times.
In order to get back into finals contention, Numurkah will need an even contribution this week as it travels to Mooroopna, while Kyabram plays Northerners.
Numurkah 150 (Jack Furnival 65, Tim Arnel 27, Jahlan Lau) defeated by Kyabram 288 (Kyle Mueller 91, Jackson McLay 50, Cade Mueller 33).
Kyle Mueller (Kyabram): It was a difficult choice between Gledhill (7-84) and Mueller, but the latter takes the cake in a winning side. Mueller was impressive with the bat for the Redbacks, helping his side chase down Numurkah’s total before unleashing some beautiful shots on his way to 91.