Cricket Shepparton’s Twenty20 competition heats up tonight, with the final round of action sure to provide big hits as teams scramble for top spot in each division.
Mooroopna has one hand on the western division’s ticket to the A-grade final, but must first overcome a Katandra side fresh from belting the highest score of the division in round two.
The Cats sit a game clear on top of the western ladder, but a heavy loss would put them at the mercy of the result from the other match played tonight between Tatura and Kyabram.
Katandra, thanks largely to Ben Clurey’s whirlwind 64 that included four sixes, blasted 181 to keep its tournament alive in round two, and will be looking to do something similar tonight when it hosts the Cats.
Both sides are also in ripping Haisman Shield form, with Mooroopna sitting second and the Eagles recently taking the scalp of perennial premier Central Park-St Brendan’s, ensuring tonight’s match-up will produce a game of the highest quality.
Tatura, despite struggling for Haisman Shield form, has performed well in the shortest format and is second on the ladder, while Kyabram has struggled to get going with the bat, winless from two games.
Tatura, which continues to search for momentum heading into the final stages of its season, will host the Redbacks at Howley Oval.
Meanwhile, in the central division, Central Park-St Brendan’s will be confident of booking its place in the final, to be at Deakin Reserve on February 19, when it takes on Karramomus tonight.
The Tigers are undefeated after the first two rounds and will only need to come away from Vibert Reserve with a win to secure top spot.
Old Students will be hoping for a Bloods win to open up the door for its own finals tilt.
The second-placed Students take on winless Shepparton United at John Riordan Oval tonight.
All matches start at 5.30pm.