Hail the great man, Hale

November 06, 2017

Callum Ferguson believes he is a better batsman now than when he averaged more than 40 for Australia in one-dayers five years ago.

Spectators at Mooroopna Main Oval were treated to another Hale storm on Saturday, but this one had nothing to do with the weather.

English import Will Hale once again notched up a crucial Haisman Shield ton for the Cats, steering his side to a winning total with exactly 100 runs.

Although slightly less swashbuckling than his round three effort against Shepparton United (which had 11 boundaries and a six), Hale still found the rope 10 times on the way to triple figures against Old Students.

‘‘He’s a superstar, he hasn’t done a thing wrong since he’s come back this season,’’ Mooroopna co-captain Jeremy Mullane said of his opening batsman.

Brodie McDonald (56) provided enough support to Hale for the Cats to reach 8-211 from their 45 overs and also drew high praise from his captain.

‘‘Brodie McDonald’s innings was a real coming of age I thought,’’ Mullane said.

‘‘His 56 was as good as I’ve seen for a long time.’’

Students’ captain Luke McPhillamy led the bowling attack with 3-21 before also top scoring for his side with 58, but again it was a case of so close yet so far for his charges, who finished their 45 overs on 9-201.

‘‘We’re not playing bad cricket, we just can’t get over the line,’’ McPhillamy said.

‘‘It’s just the simple things, with a couple of dropped catches and guys getting starts but not going on.

‘‘We’re certainly struggling to get a few early wickets at the moment and we let a couple of chances slip again this week.’’

Daniel Coombs (2-40 and 37) was also impressive for the away side, but more help could be on the way as early as next week with new imports Waqar Ali and Faisal Khan lining up in B-grade this weekend.

‘‘They just literally only got here late last week and I think they both had reasonable games,’’ McPhillamy said.

‘‘They’re of Pakistani descent, but they’re English born and bred, hopefully they’ll add a bit because one of them spins it, one seams it and they’re both handy in the field and with the bat as well.

‘‘I expect them to be up with us next week, and if we keep batting the way we are we should be able to turn things around.’’

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