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Brocq of Gibraltar a pillar at the top

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March 12, 2018

Karramomus easily earned a crack at its first Clyde Young Shield B-grade title since 2007-08 with a semi-final demolition of Tatura.

Karramomus easily earned a crack at its first Clyde Young Shield B-grade title since 2007-08 with a semi-final demolition of Tatura.

Bloods legend Paul Trevaskis had no hesitation in batting first at Howley Oval on Saturday and his team vindicated his decision with a mammoth 359 off 74 overs.

Opener Brocq Robertson set the tone with a scorching 102 off just 85 balls, including 17 fours and a six.

Adam Bovell (19 off 26 balls) played second fiddle in an 89-run opening partnership, with Robertson pushing on his second B-grade century this season.

Robertson was the second batsman to fall with the score at 143, while Chris Crouch and Zac Groombridge fell soon after for ducks to leave the Bloods at 4-149.

However, captain Trevaskis (82 off 96), Nathan Jones (58 off 121) and Luke Sibley (41 off 34) regained momentum to virtually bat Tatura out of the contest.

Louis Worm was Tatura’s best bowler with 4-36.

Tatura could not match Karramomus’ run rate in yesterday’s chase, all out for 194 off 68.3 overs.

Sibley completed a solid all-round game with 4-24 and two catches.

Steve Allen, who coached Northerners this season, captained Karramomus to consecutive B-grade flags in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

‚óŹEuroa will be looking for revenge on Karramomus after upsetting minor premier Kyabram in the other semi-final.

A weekend after capitulating in an outright qualifying final loss to the fifth-placed Bloods, Euroa avoided a straight sets exit with a 102-run win at Kyabram Recreation Reserve.

Lucas Paul was the match-winner, top-scoring with a personal season best 47 as Euroa fought to 195 from 76 overs after winning the toss on Saturday.

Paul (5-17) then ran through Kyabram’s middle order yesterday, with his first five-wicket haul for the club helping to roll the home side for just 93.

Tim Nelson (37) and Matt McDonald (14 not out) were the only Redbacks to reach double figures.

Euroa won the 2014-15 B-grade title, but lost last season’s flag decider.

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