Cats click, finally go big

November 13, 2017

Fine form: Mooroopna star Will Hale continued his spectacular start to the season with 79 against Karramomus.

Rolling the arm over: Karramomus skipper Jason Ibbotson took two wickets opening the bowling for the Bloods.

Digging in: Mooroopna's Simon D'Elia formed part of a 56-run opening partnership with Will Hale.

Quantum leap: Karramomus wicketkeeper Luke Forge dives around in the field.

Mooroopna took full advantage of a batsman’s paradise at Vibert Reserve on Saturday.

Captain Paul Marshall had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss against Karramomus in the Haisman Shield clash.

The Cats basically had the game won after smashing 8-275 from their 45 overs, making a chase for the Bloods extremely difficult.

Marshall said he was pleased his side was able to capitalise on a good pitch and pile on a big score.

‘‘I think it’s (a big score) is something we’ve missed out on in the past few weeks, but we put it all together and it was good for the group after all the hard work we’ve been doing,’’ Marshall said.

‘‘The conditions at Karra are always good, the outfield was quick and we were set up well for a big total early on.

‘‘With that many runs on the board, the plan for us in the field was to try and restrict them early.

‘‘We seemed to execute our plans well, so it was quite a complete performance and it gives the boys a lot of belief and confidence.’’

English opener Will Hale carried on his superb form with a dominant knock of 79 for the Cats.

Hale took his season tally to an incredible 400 runs from six games at an average of 80, with two tons and two half-centuries.

If that was not enough, he managed two wickets in his 3.3 overs with the ball.

There was good support with the bat from Josh MaCansh (46) and Brodie McDonald (36) who got going in the middle.

Marshall smashed a quick-fire 28 from 16 balls, but was run out.

Most of Karramomus’ batsmen got a start, but none could go on with it and carve out a matchwinning innings.

The reliable Stuart Turner top scored for the Bloods with 35 at No.9, but it was too little, too late.

Karramomus again went into the game without star veteran all-rounder Chris Keady, who was unavailable.

It was the Bloods’ fifth defeat in a row, consigning them to ninth position on the ladder and 2 games adrift of the Cats in the top six.

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