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Blues have the trick to taming Tigers

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January 29, 2018

Job well done: Numurkah captain Liam Gledhill could not fault his side's performance with the ball as it kept Central Park- St Brendan's to 51 runs.

Postive start: Numurkah's Dylan Grandell sent his side in the right direction early.

Short lived: While Central Park-St Brendan's celebrate one of Aidan Lloyd's (right) dismissals, the Tigers were unable to back up their bowing efforts with the bat.

Nothing left in the tank: Central Park-St Brendan's Rhiley Lau sends down a barrel.

Numurkah was not interested in coming to the party on Saturday at Deakin Reserve

As Central Park-St Brendan’s commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 2007-08 Haisman Shield and one-day premierships, they were the only celebrations that went on for the Tigers.

The Tigers also reflected on Ramadan Yze’s contribution to the side in his 301st match, but the Blues made the home side’s batting innings one to forget.

Tim Braybon and Liam Gledhill absolutely tore through the order, with Connor Holland the only Central Park-St Brendan’s player to reach double figures.

And the score the rising star reached as an opener was just 13, run out by Andrew Cline.

The Tigers were all out after 25.3 overs, having put on a measly 51 runs in response to the Blues’ total of 140.

Numurkah could not put a foot wrong when bowling and captain Gledhill said he was thrilled with his side’s sharp skills in the field.

‘‘Obviously to bowl Central Park for 51 was a little surprising, but full credit to the way we fielded and bowled, we couldn’t have done anything better, we took our catches and got a run out,’’ he said.

Gledhill was again superb with the ball taking 3-7, figures that included the dismissal of milestone man Yze and coach Andrew Cowen.

Braybon ended with 3-24 and import Michael Eckard needed just three overs to take two wickets.

After a decent performance with the ball capped by Brendan Scott’s four wickets, Cowen was disappointed with how his batsmen took the game on.

‘‘Good credit to our bowlers and fielders, but it was our batters that let the side down poorly,’’ he said.

‘‘I think it was probably about getting away from what we want to do.’’

With Cowen’s main aim in the second half of the season to have Tigers players forming solid partnerships, he remained upbeat about moving on from the performance quickly.

‘‘It’s probably a good reminder going forward about how we want to go about things and we had a quick chat about not dwelling on but learning from the match,’’ Cowen said.

‘‘I suppose the boys really need to find a way where they can bat in partnerships and bat for longer periods of time and the flow on effects start at training.

‘‘We’ve got a top three spot to aim for and that’s the ultimate goal.’’

Central Park-St Brendan’s tried to keep Numurkah in check in the first innings with Dylan Grandell top scoring with 28.

But Gledhill said the side was determined to defeat the Tigers for the second time this season.

‘‘It was a good day, it was fairly hard work with the bat, but we just felt as though we worked really hard.’’ he said.

‘‘The team was up and about because it was an important game for us to cement a top three position and to beat them at Deakin.

‘‘It’s twice now (we’ve won this year) and they’ve had the wood over us for a hell of a long time, so we’ll enjoy the win but then move on to Katandra.’’

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