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So close yet so far

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January 05, 2018

Karramomus hopes the holiday period will continue for another week to help it harbour hopes of a Haisman Shield finals appearance.

Karramomus hopes the holiday period will continue for another week to help it harbour hopes of a Haisman Shield finals appearance.

The Bloods have a number of players still unavailable on the back of the festive season, and forecast temperatures edging the mid-40s could be just the break Jason Ibbotson’s team needs after a slow start on the field so far.

‘‘It’s always tough, even straight after Christmas we still have a few players away,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘So ideally for us it would be nice to have another week off and play next week.

‘‘But that’s probably the same for every club at the moment.’’

With just two wins and a draw from nine matches, the Bloods could be already out of contention in previous seasons, but the closeness of this campaign has Ibbotson’s charges within an outright victory of sixth with four games remaining.

But the Bloods will be focusing more on the process, rather than the end result, when they take on Old Students.

‘‘You definitely go into every game wanting to win,’’ Ibbotson said.

‘‘But with the side we have at the moment, we’re trying to give the young blokes a go and hopefully that pays off — even if it is down the line.’’

The Students remain at the bottom of the table with just one victory to their name before Christmas, but continue to be one of the highest scoring teams in the competition.

Luke McPhillamy’s charges have plundered 1513 runs (ranked fourth), but have been unable to defend large totals, conceding 1918 runs (the second worst record).

Felix Odell has been a massive part of the high-scoring Students line-up with 320 runs at an average of 40, but will need his teammates to hold onto more catches in the field if his efforts are to translate to wins.

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