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Living in a batsman’s paradise

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January 26, 2018

Jason Ibbotson and his Karramomus bowling unit have had to contend with a flat deck more conducive to runs than wickets this season.

The statistics do not lie — Vibert Reserve is a bonafide batting paradise.

In completed Haisman Shield innings’ this season, the average score at the home of the Bloods (206.38) is a whopping 46 runs more than at every other ground combined (160.01).

Just once in the nine rounds where Karramomus has hosted a top tier clash has the average score for the rest of the matches played been higher than Vibert’s contest — when Central Park-St Brendan’s rolled the home side for just 96 in round four.

That week was also the only time the average score on the Vibert pitch has fallen to less than 196.

But the statistic that will have Kyabram’s top order batsmen licking their lips in anticipation ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Shepparton’s ‘‘home of runs’’ is even more damning.

When visiting teams bat at Vibert they average 233.11 runs per innings — more than 73 runs higher than the competition’s average score at any other venue.

It means Glenn Hart and his troops will be looking to bat first and bat big against the Bloods in the weather-amended round 11 fixture.

‘‘Vibert is always a good deck, so we need to be able to score big runs on it,’’ he said.

‘‘But it’s been a weird start to the year, so we’re just hoping to get on and play some cricket.’’

Import Eliot Callis has been the most productive Redback with the bat in the Haisman Shield, compiling 230 runs at an average of 32.86, but the Twenty20 arena has agreed with one of the youngest members of the squad.

Cade Mueller led the batting table after the first two rounds of the shortest format (before last night’s matches) with 135 runs for just one dismissal, and will be hoping to use that form to boost his longer form numbers (82 runs at 11.7).

Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson and his bowling unit have done plenty of hard yards this campaign, but have not capitalised on the run-machine that is their home deck.

While the Bloods average 172 at home (12 more than the league average at other grounds), they have only claimed two victories from nine matches in their own backyard.

The side will be out to change that tomorrow in order to remain a mathematical finals chance.

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