Muells carry heavy load

March 05, 2018

Within reach: Central Park-St Brendan's wicket keeper Jack McCarten gloves a high ball.

Safe bet: Kyabram's Kyle Mueller knew when to let the ball fly through to the keeper on Saturday as he top scored with 45 for the Redbacks.

Sending another down: Central Park-St Brendan's Brendan Scott took two wickets after shouldering much of the bowling load.

Every run was a laborious task for Central Park-St Brendan’s against Kyabram yesterday.

With the home side setting 175 for victory, it was a task too big for the Tigers.

Having given up the opportunity of a home final by succumbing to Karramomus in the final match of the home-and-away season, the loss created a mammoth home-ground advantage for Kyabram.

While the Redbacks thrived on their home turf, runs were also not free-flowing for them after electing to bat.

While Central Park boasts the best teenagers in the competition, standing up in finals was left to a couple of old timers.

Ramadan Yze cleaned up openers Eliot Callis and Kyle Fitzgerald to leave Kyabram in trouble at 2-17.

But Cade and Kyle Mueller were rocks at the crease as they continued their steady seasons.

Cade faced 133 balls for his 37, with Kyle’s 45 coming from 137 balls.

Neither went on to make a half-century, but the pair top scored in the qualifying final and captain Alec Young said he hoped the brothers could go on next week.

‘‘They worked pretty hard and Cade’s had a good second half of the year and Kyle has been good all season,’’ he said.

‘‘But one of those guys that gets a start like a 40 or a 30 needs to go on and make a 70 or an 80 and hopefully we get 240 or 250.

‘‘People probably look at it (the score) and think it’s not that good, but in the conditions it was (a solid score), I reckon if we got 200 we would have been comfortable, but 175 was still good.’’

Brendan Scott was responsible for the dismissal of the Muellers and Yze finished with 5-29, but the pair could not steer their side to victory the following day.

Yze took to the crease at 5-51, but was dismissed shortly after lunch for 21.

Meanwhile, Scott faced Jackson McLay who was causing strife for the batsmen, eventually getting the veteran caught behind.

Jack McCarten and Ethan Baxter clung on for as long as possible, until Baxter popped up a straight forward catch to cover to end the Tigers’ innings on 83.

Charlie McLay finished with Kyabram’s best bowling figures of 4-16, while Jackson McClay, Young and Curtis Ryan all chimed in with two.

Andrew Cowen’s side will live to see another day as the highest ranked loser, with Numurkah and Katandra taking home victories.

But Cowen said there was plenty to work on for next week.

‘‘They’re the most disciplined side in the competition and we didn’t bring anywhere near the same discipline needed to play against them,’’ he said.

‘‘It looks like we’ll be gifted a second chance, which is good, but certainly given the way we’ve gone about things the last couple of weeks it doesn’t guarantee anything.’’

Cowen credited Yze and Scott for their performance on Saturday, but was frustrated with yesterday’s effort.

‘‘Yze and Scott were terrific and really led the way and we put in a passable fielding effort, so we were in the contest ... but it was certainly disappointing (yesterday) and not the way we wanted to go about playing our cricket,’’ he said.

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