There were some tired and weary Karramomus players yesterday.
But it was all worth it as the Bloods kept their Haisman Shield finals hopes alive with a gruelling 16-run win in scorching heat at Vibert Reserve yesterday.
Karramomus used just four bowlers, but it was enough to wear down Old Students for an inspiring victory.
Bloods captain Jason Ibbotson sent down 28 overs, while star all-rounder Chris Keady bowled 20.
The key pair claimed eight wickets between them to help secure a fourth victory of the season.
‘‘We knew the season was on the line, so we dug a bit deeper because it was a good track to bat on and hung in there all day,’’ Ibbotson said.
‘‘I thought we bowled well early, bowled tight and made sure they had to get a lot of runs near the end of the day.
‘‘I don’t think we dropped catch all day and we had a good run out, so I couldn’t have asked for any more from the guys.’’
While Ibbotson and Keady got the rewards, the Bloods skipper praised the efforts of Jono Mandaradoni and Stuart Turner.
‘‘It was one of Jono’s better spells and he was pretty unlucky not to get a few wickets, he had a few fall short of slips,’’ Ibbotson said.
‘‘Stuey’s having a good month with bat and ball and I was really pleased with how he went.’’
The defeat basically ended Old Students’ chances of a top-two finish after a batting collapse cost them against Mooroopna in the previous round.
But playing coach Daniel Coombs refused to panic and believed his side’s best cricket was not too far away.
‘‘We set ourselves up well in the period just before tea, but after tea we just lost too many wickets and it’s a bit disappointing to miss out on a game we should’ve won,’’ Coombs said.
Andrew Ireland and Felix Odell (54) put on 77 for the second wicket to set the Students on their way.
But the experience of Coombs, Luke McPhillamy and Nick Breslin failed to fire in the middle order before a rescue mission from Gino Saracino (64) and Tyson McKenzie (27).
‘‘Gino batted brilliantly and made it look pretty easy with the way he was hitting it, but Karra bowled well and big spells to make it hard for us to score,’’ Coombs said.
The Students fell to fifth on the ladder ahead of a match with a Central Park-St Brendan’s side sure to be fired up after being belted against Katandra.
Karramomus 251 (Stuart Turner 71, Paul Trevaskis 53, Jason Ibbotson 49, Tyson McKenzie 3-38, Andrew Ireland 3-64, Nick Breslin 3-70) defeated Old Students 235 (Gino Saracino 64, Felix Odell 54, Andrew Ireland 38, Chris Keady 4-38, Jason Ibbotson 4-90).
Jason Ibbotson (Karramomus): A courageous performance from the skipper to bowl 28 overs in conditions where it would have been easy to go in short spells. Hit an important 49 on day one to go with his four wickets.