Sprinklers put paid to play

January 15, 2018

Extreme heat one week, pesky sprinklers the next.

The Clyde Young Shield B-grade clash between Old Students and Euroa was called off without a ball being bowled across two days of play, firstly because of hot weather and then Kialla Recreation Reserve’s sprinkler system.

The sprinklers came on overnight at the ground, with the match unable to get under way on Saturday.

All other matches in the grade finished with results — and big wins were certainly the theme of the round.

Undera engineered a nine-wicket victory over Mooroopna after restricting the away side to 9-104 in its 45 overs.

The Cats had teetered at 6-36 before Brendan Sleeth (26) and Michael Van Dorsser (22 not out) put some respectability into the total.

Paul Wickham (73 not out) was rarely troubled in the chase though, with the match finishing in Undera’s 21st over.

Karramomus also dealt out a heavy defeat, securing an eight-wicket triumph over Central Park-St Brendan’s.

Luke Sibley was the driving force for the Bloods, taking 3-11 and striking an unbeaten 43 to help chase down the target of 97 in just 20 overs.

Kyabram claimed victory by the same margin over Northerners after the latter was bowled out for 140.

Tom Oliver’s unbeaten 76 at the top of the order steered the Redbacks to success with more than seven overs remaining in the match.

Katandra’s Brady Black (38 not out) led the way for his side in a competitive innings of 6-162 batting first against Tatura.

Black’s teammates Nathan O’Donnell (4-21) and Nick Minogue (3-17) ensured his efforts would not go unrewarded, helping to dismiss Tatura for just 102.

In the final match of the round, Lee Menhenett (5-37) and Dillon Hammer (55) helped Shepparton United claim a six-wicket win over Numurkah.

Brett O’Dwyer (40 and 2-25) was the best player for the Blues with bat and ball.

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