Katandra looks to bowlers

December 01, 2017

Katandra's Jedd Wright and Andrew Riordan combined to get the side over the line in Cricket Shepparton's one-day final at the weekend. The Eagles are now focused two-day matches.

Katandra will have to refocus its energy heading into the second day of its Haisman Shield clash against Kyabram.

The Eagles finished last weekend on a high after snaring their first A-grade premiership since 1952-53 with a win over Central Park-St Brendan’s in Cricket Shepparton’s one-day final, but captain Jedd Wright knows his side must look at what is in front of them.

‘‘We enjoyed last weekend, but we’ve moved on and are fully focused on two-day cricket,’’ Wright said.

‘‘We trained really well on Tuesday night and hopefully we have another good session tonight (yesterday).’’

Wright was the main driver with the bat in the final with an unbeaten 41, but will be needed with the ball against the Redbacks to defend 243 — if weather permits it.

‘‘We were probably 50-60 runs short last week,’’ he said.

‘‘If we bowl the right areas hopefully we can make them make a few mistakes.’’

Katandra’s pace attack was on song against the Tigers on Sunday, with Corey Hickford’s 3-11 enough to earn him the Rohan Larkin Medal, and the bowling unit will take plenty of confidence into tomorrow’s play.

‘‘We have all the confidence in our fast bowlers, and if we need it we have some pretty handy spin options as well,’’ Wright said.

Meanwhile, Kyabram’s Charlie McLay will be hoping he gets a crack with the bat after snaring 6-53 last week.

The Redbacks had Katandra reeling at 7-120 thanks to his efforts, but could not finish the job.

Coach Glenn Hart and captain Alec Young will be looking to their top order to stand up and be counted, with the first four batsmen contributing just 86 runs between them in the past two matches, which resulted in losses.

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