Cats hope for a ninth life

February 23, 2018

Mooroopna's Aaron DiFede helped keep Numurkah to 239 as his teammates now look to support him with the bat tomorrow.

Top spot and a finals double chance is on the line for Numurkah tomorrow.

But the stakes for Mooroopna are even higher as the Cats compete with Tatura for the final place in the Haisman Shield top six.

Katandra continues to push for the number one position with an outright win against Old Students a possibility, but Liam Gledhill is keen for his side to keep the position it has worked hard for.

The Blues were restricted to 239 following commendable bowling performances from Aaron DiFede and Jeremy Mullane, while Will Hale chimed in with three wickets.

Displaying they are in the right mindset to earn a spot in the post-season, Mooroopna captain Paul Marshall had no doubt his side could reach the target.

‘‘We’re certainly looking forward to it, the season is on the line and any time your season is on the line, you’re champing at the bit to play,’’ he said.

‘‘Chasing 239, the job is in our hands and training has been great.’’

Hale is in stunning form at Melbourne Country Week with a knock of 116 in Wednesday’s win against Yarra Valley, with Marshall hopeful he can recreate that after a demanding week.

‘‘Obviously he’s been a superstar for us over the last two years and we’ll look to him to score big runs this week, but also look to bat around him,’’ he said.

‘‘They’re a solid bowling line up with plenty of experience and at the end of the day we just need to be patient and play each ball on its merit.’’

Numurkah’s Michael Eckard also put in a scintillating batting performance at Country Week, but the South African import needs to add to the four wickets he has collected this season.

Gledhill and Shaun Downie have shouldered the bowling load this season, but a handy couple of scalps from Eckard in the same manner as Hale will greatly help the side.

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