Kyabram and Mooroopna took another small step towards Haisman Shield finals action on Saturday.
Neither team could claim full points from the clash before it was called off due to rain, but with Tatura falling to Numurkah both sides moved three points closer to safety inside the top six.
The Redbacks could only manage 8-160 from their 45 overs after electing to bat first, with four players reaching 20, but failing to go on and post a big score.
‘‘It’s good a few blokes got a bit of time out in the middle, it’s better than training I suppose,’’ Kyabram captain Alec Young said.
‘‘But we have to make sure guys who get starts in the top six go on to make big scores.
‘‘We need a 70-80 from someone every game to be competitive, otherwise we’re leaving too much to the bowlers.’’
Mooroopna’s bowling performance was outstanding though, with Jeremy Mullane (2-10) and Will Hale (4-28) impressing.
‘‘Jeremy Mullane bowled nine overs straight at the top,’’ Cats captain Paul Marshall said.
‘‘To finish with 2-10 was superb, it really set us up and put Ky under pressure.’’
The Cats struggled to score quickly during the early stages of the chase and when play was called off needed 122 runs for victory with eight wickets in hand and 30 overs remaining.
Hale (19 not out) was still at the crease, giving Marshall confidence his side would have been able to get the job done.
‘‘He (Hale) is a genuinely good cricketer,’’ Marshall said.
‘‘Obviously it was frustrating to not be able to finish, I thought we were in a good position and had six points in our sights, but we just have to move on and look for them next week.
‘‘To keep a side to 160 in 45 overs is very pleasing.’’