Bloods close to boiled

December 08, 2017

Shepparton United's Rehan Bari in action.

Karramomus’ season could be hanging on the outcome of tomorrow’s Haisman Shield clash with Numurkah at Vibert Reserve.

The Bloods have slumped to eighth on Cricket Shepparton’s A-grade ladder with only two wins. Jason Ibbotson’s side was probably saved a defeat in the last round against Shepparton United.

After winning the toss and bowling, United opener Rehan Bari put on a masterclass to blast 168 and led his team to a score of 9-315.

But rain came through last Saturday, washing out the second day and the Bloods did not face a ball in their innings.

They will be without legendary all-rounder Chris Keady after he played a cameo on day one of that game, but is not expected to feature much for the rest of the season.

On the other hand, Numurkah has bounded into genuine premiership contention on the back of five victories.

The Blues sit in third on the ladder, only behind heavyweights Katandra and Central Park-St Brendan’s.

Liam Gledhill’s team got in some valuable batting time against Old Students, with star import Michael Eckard smashing an incredible 134 on debut for the Blues.

He has slotted straight into a powerful top order of Gledhill, Shaun Downie, Jahlan Lau, Dylan Grandell and Josh Smith.

Vibert Reserve has proved to be a batsmen’s paradise so far this summer, with batting first a must.

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