Eagle eye on more prey

February 26, 2018

Katandra managed to complete an almost perfect preparation ahead of the Haisman Shield finals series.

Katandra managed to complete an almost perfect preparation ahead of the Haisman Shield finals series.

The Eagles posted a mammoth 326 after resuming on 1-36 at the start of play on day two, with a number of batsmen finding form at the right time of the year.

Chris Skolyarev (95) and Luke Nolan (65) took any sting the game had left away with a 151-run stand for the second wicket, with the partnership only broken after the Eagles had closed in on doubling Old Students’ total of 94.

Despite a small middle-order wobble, Nathan Hickey (76), Hadleigh Sirett (21) and Mick Peters (23) ensured Katandra’s eventual score would be imposing to say the least.

‘‘It feels good to have a pretty even contribution,’’ Eagles captain Jedd Wright said.

‘‘The game was still there to be won and lost and Chris and Luke didn’t give Old Students a chance at all, so hopefully that gives them confidence and momentum going into next week.’’

For the Students, the heavy loss brings a disappointing premiership defence to a close.

But with Ranji Thirachchelvan (3-64) again impressing and the group fighting out the day well, captain Luke McPhillamy was confident his troops could bounce back next season.

‘‘It was probably always going to be a tough, long day,’’ McPhillamy said.

‘‘I thought we bowled and fielded all right, but obviously we just didn’t make enough runs on day one.

‘‘The guys fought it out pretty well considering the situation.

‘‘I’m happy to close the book on this year I think, we know where we need to improve and I think if we address those areas we can turn it around fairly quickly.’’

The Eagles finish the regular season in second spot, and host Northerners next week.

‘‘It showed in the last round (with a number of upsets) that if you’re off a little bit, it makes it very hard to win,’’ Wright said.

‘‘It serves as a warning to us to make sure we’re at our best.

‘‘Our team will be pretty similar next week and it’s good to see us put in a good performance heading into finals.

‘‘The season really starts now for us.’’

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