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Bloods must withstand heat to keep finals hopes alive

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February 10, 2017

Mitch McGrath did the damage for the Bloods with the ball, taking 4-19 from nine overs, including snaring three of the last four wickets.

Every run, ball, catch and misfield will carry extra weight tomorrow as the shadow of finals action looms larger over the competition every day.

Karramomus will look to put its nose in front in the fight for the right to be involved in the Haisman Shield finals on the second day of its clash with Tatura.

The Bloods are locked in a three-way battle for sixth with Numurkah and Kyabram, but remain favourites to sneak into the finals with a draw that allows them to keep their fate firmly in their own hands.

The Redbacks, despite remaining in control this round against Northerners, face arguably the form side of the competition in Katandra next week, while the Blues face an uphill task of defeating Mooroopna tomorrow.

On the other hand, Karramomus requires only 156 more runs to win after bowling Tatura out for 165 and finding its way to 0-10 at stumps, before its sudden death clash with Numurkah in the last round, a virtual elimination final.

Mitch McGrath did the damage for the Bloods with the ball, taking 4-19 from nine overs, including snaring three of the last four wickets as Tatura lost 6-25 to be bundled out in the 72nd over.

Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson applauded the ability of Jacob Kerr in his A-grade debut after the match.

‘‘Everyone bowled well, but I was particularly impressed by the way Kerr went about it in his first game,’’ Ibbotson said.

The eighth-placed Bloods trail Kyabram (sixth) on percentage, so will need to put the Tatura bowling attack to the sword in predicted 38°C weather.

Coincidentally that was exactly what Karramomus practiced last night in the final round of Cricket Shepparton’s A-grade Twenty20 competition when it hosted Central Park-St Brendan’s in similarly stifling conditions.

Openers Adam Bovell and Rob Salter will resume on five and four, respectively, tomorrow.

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