Bloods are red hot, keen to keep pulse going

February 03, 2017

Jason Ibbotson believes his side is going into this week with a lot of confidence.

Haisman Shield action will reach boiling in the penultimate round starting this tomorrow, with all five matches carrying implications for finals positions.

Karramomus will be looking to catapult into sixth with a strong win against bottom-side Tatura.

However, Tatura remains hungry for success and has nothing to lose as it searches desperately for a way to snare its first two-day victory of the season.

The Bloods are on a high after an upset win against Old Students last week.

‘‘We’re definitely going into this week with a lot of confidence,’’ captain Jason Ibbotson said.

‘‘Every game is obviously must win from now on, so it’s important that we continue playing well.’’

The Bloods are not worried about backing up after a sapping bowling performance last week where four players, Ibbotson included, shared 77 overs in searing heat.

‘‘I know personally I haven’t pulled up the best,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘But we’ve got plenty of players able to chip in with the ball if needed.’’

Karramomus also has no misconceptions about the danger Tatura presents.

‘‘Our last game (against Tatura) could have easily gone either way,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘Just because they’re on the bottom of the ladder doesn’t mean we’ll be going in complacent in any way.’’

Tatura captain Tim Kelly will hope his side can build on a strong finish to last week’s loss against Mooroopna.

His side was bowled out for 145, of which Kelly scored 81, but in positive signs for the club seven batsmen managed to last more than half an hour at the crease.

Tatura then found a rare sting in its bowling attack to take five Cats wickets in less than an hour.

That momentum will be crucial if Tatura, who has been solid without breaking through for multiple wins, is to finish the season on a high.

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