Katandra’s dominant run in the Haisman Shield has continued after a commanding performance with the bat.
The Eagles travelled to play Mooroopna and it was the visitors who won the toss and elected to bat first before bowing out at 235.
Luke Nolan led the Eagles with 71 off 162, while Chris Skolyarev (39), Scott Richardson (32) and Nathan Hickey (31) all toiled away.
Captain Jedd Wright faced eight balls before he was trapped lbw by Brad Boyle, who was in fine form for the hosts finishing with figures of 5-49.
Wright was pleased with where his side sits heading into day two, despite making his second duck of the season.
‘‘It was a pretty tough pitch to bat on, you were running twos for things that would have been fours, so to get the score we did was relatively pleasing,’’ Wright said.
‘‘There was a patch there where we lost a bit of momentum, but I thought Luke was good and then it was great to see some of the bottom order get some runs too, forcing the pressure back on Mooroopna.’’
The Eagles are the competition’s highest scoring team and the Cats captain Paul Marshall feels his side is well within striking distance of the league leader.
‘‘We will go in confident, we know the pitch, the conditions should be good again next weekend and it is a knock we are really looking forward to,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘We got off to a slow start, they batted really well, but I feel the finish to that innings gives us boys a fair bit of confidence.’’
With a competitive total set for the Cats to chase, Marshall said his side must be patient with the bat and attempt to avoid the loss of any early wickets, putting the pressure back on the Eagles.
‘‘We just need to bat well, we’ve scored plenty of runs this season and I think if we hold out for the 80 overs we will be in with every chance,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘I think another key will also be having plenty of contributors, if everyone can chip in with a decent tally and we don’t have to rely on anyone too heavily we’ll be okay.’’