Riley Michel wasted no time making an impact in his first Haisman Shield match for the season.
The Old Students batsman entered the crease at 1-17 following the dismissal of Nick Breslin and showed he was in for the long haul.
Gradually working his way to 85, Michel scored three boundaries with captain Luke McPhillamy praising the controlled knock.
‘‘He really anchored the innings, you always need that in two-day cricket and he’s a big addition, so it’s great to have him back,’’ he said.
‘‘He was out there for a long time and him and Dan Coombs got us to tea only two wicket down.’’
In the middle for about 70 overs, Michel received monstrous support from Coombs as the duo formed a 68-run partnership before Coombs was bowled by Jackson McLay on 35.
The extended period in the middle was integral to the Students making 201 and seeing out all 80 overs.
Following Coombs’ dismissal, Gino Saracino failed to score as the lower order tried to score quick runs.
But the tailenders failing to fire did not worry McPhillamy.
‘‘It would have been nice, but guys came in and they tried to accelerate the scoring as much as they could, but 200 runs we would have taken any day, so we just have to bowl and field well,’’ he said.
Kyabram continued to plug away as captain Alec Young shouldered the heaviest load of the bowlers and for good reason.
The diligent performer bowled more than a quarter of the 80 overs for figures of 4-44.
Young’s figures were backed up by teammate Jackson McLay whose economical 2-20 off 14 overs impressed his captain.
‘‘We bowled pretty well and Coombs and Michel batted really well, but that’s the best we’ve bowled,’’ he said.
‘‘We found it really hard to get a wicket while we were containing them to not too many runs, it was hard to get a wicket and they did well to weather the pressure.
‘‘Jackson was the pick of the bowlers and Curt Ryan and Charlie (McLay).’’
Ryan returned from time off for Schoolies to claim the all important wicket of star opener Felix Odell as a third of Charlie McLay’s overs resulted in maidens.