Mooroopna’s Haisman Shield squad is raring to get back into the swing of things.
The Cats have had an indifferent start to the season — sitting sixth with three wins, two draws and four losses from nine outings — but captain Paul Marshall is confident his charges are made of the right stuff to be able to claw their way up the ladder.
‘‘The ladder is tightening up, especially with Tatura coming into some form, but we’ve been pretty disappointing recently,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘But it is in our hands and we’re going to fight it out.
‘‘The group is a tenacious bunch and we’re going to fight all the way to the end to try and make the top six — and come finals anything can happen.’’
The quest for finals action will continue against Kyabram in round 10 — whether it be across two days or one — and Marshall’s troops were keen to prepare as best they could after having a rest during the festive season.
‘‘At the end of the day we’ll all be getting to training tonight (yesterday) and we’ll be having a full centre-wicket hit and a good blow-out,’’ Marshall said.
Experienced Cat Mark Kitto will return to the field against the Redbacks, but other changes are yet to be decided.
‘‘Selection may change depending on whether it’s a two-dayer or a one-dayer, but we’ll see what happens,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘We’re in a pretty good position with no injuries in our squad.’’
Meanwhile, Kyabram will be looking for more consistency from its line-up ahead of the clash with the Cats.
In the final match before the break against Old Students, Redbacks captain Alec Young dominated, taking 4-44 from 21 overs before hitting an unbeaten 60 in the chase.
Apart from help in the form of import Eliot Callis (67) and young batter Cade Mueller (36), the rest of the Redbacks who took to the crease (six players) could only manage 34 runs.
Kyabram can take confidence from a round one victory against the Cats though.