Central Park-St Brendan’s warmed up for finals with a quality display against Karramomus in Saturday’s Haisman Shield action.
The Tigers bowled with precision to keep the Bloods to just 150, and had moved to 1-21 by stumps to be in the box seat for the points.
The day ended as a clear positive for the Tigers, a result of three particular periods of domination.
First they got rid of Karramomus’ top four batsmen in the space of six runs.
The Bloods had made a positive start to sit 0-22 with Jason Ibbotson and Mitchell McGrath patiently establishing themselves as the crease.
McGrath fell first for eight, caught behind off Ramadan Yze, then Ibbotson (18), Tim Belford (0) and Michael Mandaradoni (0) all followed to leave them 4-28.
Tigers coach Andrew Cowen said the destructive early bowling swung the game dramatically.
‘‘They’d put on 22 and had a good partnership going; Yze took 1-10 off 15 and our young fellas bowled really well together,’’ he said.
‘‘I was really happy with the seamers, they maintained the pressure and didn’t give away too much.’’
Karramomus steadied before losing another two quick wickets, but from 6-60 found its biggest partnership of the day with Stuart Turner and Chris Keady adding 55.
Keady was caught for Ethan Baxter’s third wicket of the day, and Turner joined him on the sidelines soon after for 25, made from 135 balls.
The Tigers got through the final four wickets for 35 runs, leaving them chasing 150 this weekend to end the regular season on a winning note.
Baxter’s bowling figures were most impressive, taking 3-12 from 14 overs, 10 of which were maidens.
Aidan Lloyd wasn’t quite as economical, but still finished with an impressive 3-31 from 14.
Karramomus’ skipper Jason Ibbotson saw an improvement from his side’s disappointing loss to Tatura.
‘‘It would have been nice to get another 70 or 80 runs, but I thought the boys actually batted well,’’ he said.
‘‘We got to the last hour which is a good improvement considering we lost 19 wickets in a day last week.
‘‘I was really happy with it for a while, but it would have been nice to have one or two blokes really get going and turn that score into a 250.’’
Before stumps Connor Holland was caught off Ibbotson’s bowling, but the Tigers got through one wicket down with Xavier Chalkley and Andrew Lloyd unbeaten.
Cowen acknowledged his side was primed to take the points and sew up a home semi-final.
‘‘You’d think so, we’ve really only got 130 to get and I’d like to think we’d get that,’’ he said.
‘‘They’re a proud club, but we just want to really tune up for finals and we don’t go into next week any differently, we would like to bat the whole day.’’