Karramomus pulled off a stunning win against finals-bound Central Park-St Brendan’s on Saturday, despite having no chance of making the Haisman Shield postseason.
The shock loss meant the Tigers slipped to fourth on the table, jumped by Kyabram who will host the sides’ semi-final this weekend.
A seemingly straightforward chase for the Tigers proved anything but as their top order crumbled.
Connor Holland (one), Andrew Lloyd (11), Josh Larkin (four) and Rhiley Lau (two) were the first four to go to leave them 4-52 before danger man Xavier Chalkley was bowled by Chris Keady for 34.
On the ropes, the Tigers found their potential match-winner in skipper Ramadan Yze, who became the rock of the innings as wickets tumbled around him.
At 7-78 after Brendan Scott and Jack McCarten went cheaply, a comfortable win looked imminent for the Bloods.
Yze would not give up easily and fought on to finish with an unbeaten 49, but ran out of partners as the Tigers were all out for 137.
It took a polished display from all Karramomus bowlers to get the job done, as Jason Ibbotson, Jacob Kerr, Jake Keating, Chris Keady and Stuart Turner each took two wickets.
Keady had the best of the figures with 2-12 from eight overs, and picked up the vital wicket of Chalkley when the Tigers’ opener looked capable of a massive score.
The Bloods batted again and were 5-54 at the close of play, with Turner making 19 not out and Lloyd picking up a couple of wickets.
After a somewhat strange way to end a disappointing campaign, Bloods skipper Ibbotson said it had been an easy day to be captain.
‘‘It was really good, the boys bowled exceptionally well — it’s amazing what can happen when you bowl to one side of the wicket and take your chances,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a good win to finish the year but frustrating in the same sense, because we’ve shown what we’re capable of.
‘‘Unavailability and injury came along and we didn’t probably have the same side more than twice this season, but if our younger boys come back like that next season the results will change.’’
Tigers coach Andrew Cowen was flat with his side’s display.
‘‘It was a very disappointing day — disappointing to miss the win, and to do it in that fashion,’’ he said.
‘‘There were pretty few highlights for us throughout the day and that’s not what we want to be known for.’’
The coach wished his top order batsmen would have knuckled down like Yze.
‘‘Basically we didn’t put a high enough price on our wickets,’’ Cowen said.
‘‘We weren’t prepared to grind and really spend time at the wicket and chip away at the total, rather there were a few too many big shots.
‘‘For the club captain to lead from the front like that is just a terrific example for our young fellas. If we can all catch a bit of that from him, we’d be a lot better off.’’