Winning ways due to Eagles pitching in

December 18, 2017

Mulcahy magic: Mooroopna needed runs late and Brady Mulcahy attempted to help his side over the line but the Cats fell short in the end.

Marshall matters: Mooroopna captain Paul Marshall attempted to really his troops home on Saturday.

Fiery red: Scott Richardson was in fine form for the Eagles finishing with two wickets against the Cats.

Katandra is heading into the Christmas break in the same form that took it to last season’s Haisman Shield grand final.

The Eagles elected to bat first on day one against Mooroopna before making an impressive 235 off 79 overs.

However, on Saturday on a flat Mooroopna Main Oval wicket and fast outfield, the hosts made the Eagles work for their win, falling just 20 runs short of victory.

The Eagles got off to a brilliant start, with Corey Hickford having the competition’s leading batsman Will Hale caught behind for a third ball duck.

The Cats’ top order struggled, with Simon D’Elia (31) the only batsman to make more than 30, but a solid 42 from Sam O’Brien at number six pulled the hosts within a whisker.

Unfortunately, the Cats’ gallant chase ended after 76 overs, when Jeremy Mullane was dismissed on 24.

‘‘It was a tough pitch to field on, they were able to make some easy runs on a fast outfield, but overall I am pretty happy,’’ Eagles coach Jedd Wright said.

‘‘I thought those who came on to bowl late also did a really good job in trying to restrict them.’’

The result means Katandra has claimed its seventh victory of the season and Wright put his side’s success formula down to camaraderie and the will to win.

‘‘We want success as a team, we have been playing and training well, but mainly I don’t think the players mind who is taking the wickets, as long as they are falling,’’ Wright said.

‘‘A bowler might get 15 overs one week and then only four the next, we all want each other to succeed and I think that is a big part of it.’’

An even contribution with the ball for the Eagles had Hickford, Scott Richardson, Chris Skolyarev and Wright all take two wickets each.

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