Katandra finds itself in unfamiliar territory heading into tomorrow’s Haisman Shield clash against Kyabram.
The Eagles suffered defeat for the first time this season last weekend at the hands of Central Park-St Brendan’s after starting their campaign with six victories in a row and captain Jedd Wright is keen to get back on the winners’ list.
‘‘We were pretty disappointed with the way we played against Central Park,’’ he said.
‘‘We just have to back our depth, we’re looking forward to it.’’
The first round of two-day matches will present a different challenge for his troops though, and Wright knows they must be at their best to take down the Redbacks.
‘‘It will be good to be able to take our time with the bat,’’ he said.
All-rounder Ray Ireland will return to the side, and with Katandra’s wicket looking great to bat on Ben Clurey (215 at 30.71), Wright (205 at 29.29), Andrew Riordan (195 at 27.86) and Luke Nolan (193 at 32.17) will all look to post a huge total batting first — if they get the chance.
‘‘Ray is a good all-round cricketer, he’s very mature,’’ Wright said.
‘‘The wicket is looking pretty good, you always want to bat first and make a big score.’’
Kyabram remains fourth on the table, but will be looking to turn around a run of two losses on the trot.
The Redbacks could only manage 118 batting first against Numurkah last week, with captain Alec Young (36) continuing his good run of form.
Young is averaging 46 this season with the bat, but will need more teammates to go with him if his side is to knock off the ladder-leader.
It has been a better story with the ball in recent weeks, as Curtis Ryan (13 wickets at an average of 13.3) keeps spearheading the attack.