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Patience a virtue for Karra

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November 24, 2017

Karramomus' batsman Tim Belford's stellar run ended on 92 last weekend in Karramomus' surprise victory against Northerners.

The pressure valve that had been firmly on Karramomus was released last Saturday.

While the Bloods kept their faltering Haisman Shield campaign alive with an unexpected victory against Northerners, they have to keep winning to stay in touch with the top six.

It starts tomorrow at Vibert Reserve with a clash against a revitalised Shepparton United, also coming off a memorable triumph.

Karramomus was given virtually no chance of beating the Jets, who had first-class fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom back in their ranks.

But outstanding performances from Tim Belford and Satwinder Singh ensured the Bloods snapped their five-game losing streak.

With two-day games upon Cricket Shepparton, Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson believes the longer format should suit his team even better.

‘‘You have to be a lot more patient because in the one-dayers you can hurry a few things up and try too many things,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘For the two-dayers you want to be consistently bowling one side of the wicket and with batting just getting ourselves in because whoever bats the 80 overs is always going to be in a very good position.’’

Young top-order batsman Andrew Poppa goes out of the team as he attends Schoolies, while Ibbotson is still trying to convince legendary all-rounder Chris Keady to play his first game of the season.

‘‘His knee is giving him trouble, but we’ll keep asking him to play and see what happens,’’ Ibbotson said.

Meanwhile, United’s batting had been giving it trouble up until last Saturday when it posted a competitive 6-200 against reigning premiers Old Students.

Runs on the board proved crucial as United’s bowling attack was able to skittle the highly rated top order of the Students.

Matt Barclay played a starring all-round role, cleaning up with figures of 4-36.

United has the bowling attack to worry teams, but will need Rehan Bari to keep firing opening the batting and Chris Rendina to return to some of his best form.

Former captain Josh Lawrence has been sorely missed after his off-season move to Yarrawonga-Mulwala.

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