Kyabram is sitting pretty near the top of the ladder after a second straight win to open the Haisman Shield season.
It was a homecoming to remember for the Redbacks, winning their first game at Kyabram Recreation Reserve since February last year.
The win was set up through a blazing 86 from English import Eliot Callis, who has played two first-class games for Yorkshire.
Callis was eventually run out, but his matchwinning innings came from only 78 balls as he showed his teammates the way.
With no A-grade cricket played at the venue for a long time, Kyabram skipper Alec Young said everyone was unsure how the pitch would play early.
‘‘It didn’t play well early, but it was good for batting after about the first 30 overs and it definitely favoured the bowlers before that,’’ Young said.
‘‘He’s (Callis) very good, he runs hard between the wickets and he’s been good for our team to have someone like that with lots of intensity.’’
Kyle Mueller went from smashing a century in round one to being trapped in front lbw for a duck by Bloods captain Jason Ibbotson.
But Young (33), Billy McLay (24) and Glenn Hart (24) hit runs down the order to ensure Kyabram had a big score to defend.
The pressure was on Karramomus early in the chase, with only Nathan Laffy getting going as the Redbacks bowled and fielded exceptionally well.
Laffy put together a tremendous 79 as opener, while Young ripped through the Bloods’ middle order with 4-33.
‘‘Jackson (McLay) and Curt (Ryan) bowled seven or eight overs each right at the start of the innings and that probably took the game away from Karra a bit, pushing the run rate out,’’ Young said.
Ibbotson said his team did not play well enough, with a number of dropped catches hindering its chances.
Luke Forge also pulled out before the game with illness, adding to Adam Bovell, Mitch McGrath and Chris Keady all being unavailable.
‘‘The pitch was difficult early, it stayed low and it was tough for Crouchy (Chris Crouch) behind the stumps, but it settled down a bit and there were no decisions affected by the wicket,’’ Ibbotson said.
‘‘We just got too far behind in the game and it got out of our reach, but Kyabram’s going to be a good side because they played very well.’’
Kyabram 228 (Eliot Callis 86, Alec Young 33, Billy McLay 24, Glenn Hart 24, Jason Ibbotson 4-20, Nathan Laffy 2-16) def Karramomus 9-153 (Nathan Laffy 79, Alec Young 4-33, Charlie McLay 2-13, Kyle Mueller 2-33).
Eliot Callis (Kyabram): A tough call considering Alec Young contributed with bat and ball, but Callis’ 86 set the game up in Kyabram’s favour. When the pitch was hard to bat on, the first-class player made it look easy. Callis is going to provide plenty of headaches for bowlers this season.