Kyabram will not be lulled into a false sense of security ahead of a crucial Haisman Shield clash with Central Park-St Brendan’s.
The Redbacks rolled Shepparton United for just 76 last week before chasing down the total with seven wickets to spare, but will be hitting the reset button heading into the fixture against the Tigers.
‘‘Every game is different and cricket always throws up different scenarios,’’ Kyabram coach Glenn Hart said. ‘‘The boys bowled really well and to a plan last week and that was the key.’’
Cade Mueller is a chance to return to the Redbacks line-up, with Hart keen to worry about his own charges — not what might be going on in the Central Park-St Brendan’s camp.
‘‘We’ve got to play who we’ve got to play, regardless of who they have they’re still quality and have been for a long time,’’ he said.
‘‘We just have to battle and get the job done.’’
The Tigers will be waiting until the last minute for a decision on appeals to Cricket Shepparton by wicketkeeper Jack McCarten and captain Ramadan Yze.
McCarten is challenging a one-match suspension, while Yze is attempting to have his four-game ban significantly reduced, at a tribunal hearing tonight.
But coach Andrew Cowen is confident his charges can cover any potential loss of players from last week’s win over Tatura.
‘‘We’d love to have those two in, but we’ll have to wait and see,’’ Cowen said. ‘‘We may look a little bit different on Saturday, but like any week you’re looking for blokes to stand up and perform.’’
The context of tomorrow’s clash also includes a consideration for the one-day final — with the winner set to be in the box seat to take on likely opponent Katandra — but like Hart, Cowen is just focused on his own team.
‘‘It is a big game in the context of the one-day ladder as well, but we’ll prepare well and the common theme is to focus on what we’re doing, not anyone else,’’ he said.
‘‘We’d like to squeeze Kyabram with a bit of pressure with the ball and back that up in the field, which is what we look to do every week.’’
Andrew Lloyd is bashing the selection door down with 219 runs at an average of 109.5 in his past three innings and four wickets at 5.75 in his last 10 overs with the ball, while twin brother Aidan has taken 14 wickets at 9.43 since his sole A-grade match in round one.