Redbacks hope for extra bite at home

October 13, 2017

Kyabram captain Alec Young is looking forward to the club's first game on its new turf wicket tomorrow when it host Karramomus .

The time has come for Kyabram.

The Redbacks will play their first Haisman Shield game at Kyabram Recreation Reserve since February last year when they host Karramomus tomorrow.

Kyabram was expected to unveil its new turf wicket in the final game of last season, but was forced to move the clash with Katandra to Murchison after a bizarre mix-up with Campaspe Shire Council.

The match could not be played at Kyabram due to the grass being too long as the shire’s lawn mower was out of action.

The club offered to mow the grass itself, but that request was knocked back by council.

After the delay in getting home, Kyabram captain Alec Young said the club and his players could not wait to test out the new wicket.

‘‘The oval itself is still not great, but they’ve top dressed it with sand and hopefully it’s okay,’’ Young said.

‘‘They had a (B-grade) game on it last weekend between Tatura and Shepp United, but it will be interesting to see how the wicket plays and hopefully we’re in for a good game.’’

The Redbacks take some top form into their homecoming after a Kyle Mueller inspired win against Mooroopna under lights in round one.

The dual sports star, who dominated for Kyabram in its Goulburn Valley League premiership, carved out an unbeaten 100 to sink the Cats.

Despite the impressive performance, led by Mueller, Young said there were still plenty of areas for his side to work on.

‘‘Kyle’s going pretty well, but we’ve worked on our bowling this week at training to be more consistent and execute our plans better,’’ Young said.

‘‘We’ll back ourselves in whether we’re batting or bowling last.’’

Karramomus also enters the match with form under its belt, defeating reigning premiers Old Students in an outstanding first-up display.

It was the type of all-round performance captains crave, with three players making more than 30, while another three made it to at least 20.

Bloods skipper Jason Ibbotson said his side would take confidence out of chasing down 222 against last season’s champions.

‘‘It was a great team win and it was not left up to just one or two blokes. We couldn’t have asked for much more,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘They’re (Kyabram) going to be hard to beat, especially at home and Kyle Mueller clearly had a day out last week, so we’ll be looking to get him early on.’’

Star veteran all-rounder Chris Keady is still out and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.

Opening batsman Adam Bovell and Mitch McGrath are unavailable for this game, so the Bloods will look for two replacements in the top-six from the memorable win against the Students.

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