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Eagles look to raise the bar against United boys

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October 13, 2017

Katandra captain Jedd Wright during last season's winning grand final performance.

Last season’s Haisman Shield grand finalist Katandra is just warming up.

The Eagles might have comfortably defeated Northerners by five wickets with 19 overs to spare last Saturday, but captain Jedd Wright believes his side had a lot to work on.

Wright said his team had to play much better in tomorrow’s one-day clash at home against Shepparton United.

‘‘Last week was pleasing, but we’ve still got plenty to work on,’’ Wright said.

‘‘We were disappointed with how our bowling finished up and losing a couple of late wickets.

‘‘There’s plenty of improvement in this group, we’ve got high expectations this season and it will be good to get another game under our belts.’’

Katandra has been boosted by the inclusions of Michael Peters and Luke Nolan this season, while bowling all-rounder Hadleigh Sirett has made a welcome return to the club after last playing there on a permanent basis during the 2013-14 season.

‘‘They all made great starts last week. Hadleigh bowled well without luck, Luke looked classy with the bat and Michael grabbed a couple of wickets for us,’’ Wright said.

They won’t be the only new faces at Katandra this season, with Englishman Scott Richardson expected to arrive in Australia ahead of next week’s game.

Richardson is the brother of Katandra’s English import last season, Elliot Richardson, who won’t be coming back for a second season at the club.

Elliot was a genuine fast bowler, who was handy with the bat, while Scott is more of a batting all-rounder.

Ryleigh Shannon is unavailable to take on United, but the Eagles have plenty of options to fill the void.

Josh McKinnon is coming off a blazing century in B-grade, while Nathan O’Donnell featured in last season’s grand final loss.

Meanwhile, United is looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking opening round defeat to Central Park-St Brendan’s.

Dwain Vidler’s team was rolled by the Tigers for just 97 at Deakin Reserve before losing by just one wicket.

Veteran Rohan Larkin, who was only filling in for Central Park-St Brendan’s, saved the day for the Tigers with an unbeaten 20.

That was despite the best efforts of Matt Barclay with four wickets and Travis Blackwell’s brilliant spell of 2-5.

‘‘It’s a massive game for us because Katandra is probably going to be one of the top two teams this season, so we’ll have to be on our game,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘It was obviously disappointing to only get 90-odd last week, so we were lucky to get as close as we did in the end.

‘‘Our bowling is probably going to be our strength, so we’ll take what we can out of that game.’’

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