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Bloods out to repeat dose in big one

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March 16, 2018

Every Cricket Shepparton grand final will be fiercely contested this weekend — no matter which grade it is.

The Clyde Young Shield decider between Karramomus and Euroa will be a rematch of a thrilling qualifying final clash between the duo.

The Bloods (fifth) upset the more-fancied Magpies (second) with a dominant bowling performance.

Jake Keating (4-16) and Chris Crouch (4-17) combined to rout Euroa for just 74 after sending the home side in to bat first at Memorial Oval.

When Will Murray (7-21) then had the ball talking for his side, it was game on, with the Bloods reaching just 101 — forcing the match to a second innings.

Euroa’s 9-93 declared from 29 overs gave it a fighting chance, but Karramomus was able to stave off another collapse to claim the outright victory by three wickets.

Euroa bounced back last week to claim a strong win against Kyabram, while the Bloods were similarly dominant against Tatura to book their place in the grand final, which will be played at Mooroopna Main Oval.

Karramomus last tasted success in B-grade in 2007-08, while Euroa secured a flag only three seasons ago.

Murchison and Pine Lodge will do battle for the Jim McGregor Shield at Howley Oval.

The last time the sides met it was the Lodgers who came out on top, rolling the Grasshoppers for just 57 in the first innings.

Minor premier Pine Lodge survived a massive scare last week to book its spot in the decider, defeating Euroa by just one run.

Mathew Walker (5-25) and Travis Waters (3-17) produced a brilliant performance with the ball to save the contest for their team.

Murchison was more comfortable against Tatura, with David Marsters (60), Dylan Rowney (3-11) and Darryn Rowney (3-16) spearheading a 77-run triumph.

Pine Lodge last took home the C-grade flag in 1995-96, with Murchison winning the premiership in 2013-14.

Vibert Reserve will play host to the D and E-grade grand finals this weekend.

Across tomorrow and Sunday Toolamba will face Mooroopna on the main pitch for the SJ Perry Shield.

The Taipans made light work of Euroa last week thanks largely to an outstanding all-round match from Luke Dabkowski, who snared figures of 3-32 with the ball before smashing an unbeaten 44 in the eight-wicket win.

The Cats rode the wave of a Brett Lenon half-century to defeat Kyabram in the semi-final, and will take confidence from a final round triumph against the Taipans into this clash as they attempt to defend last year’s title.

Toolamba last won the flag in 2007-08.

Meanwhile, Katandra and Kyabram will contest the Whitelock Shield tomorrow on the second oval.

The Eagles needed all hands on deck to chase down 51 last week against Central Park-St Brendan’s after a team bowling performance led by Chris Quaife (3-18), and will be hoping to be more confident with bat in hand tomorrow.

The Redbacks only needed 22.1 overs to chase down Mooroopna’s total of 92 as Wayne O’Neill (44) led the charge with six boundaries.

Kyabram has not won the flag in this grade, while the Eagles secured their most recent success in 2011-12.

GRAND FINAL FIXTURE

Cricket Shepparton lower grades

Clyde Young Shield B-grade: Karramomus v Euroa at Mooroopna Main Oval.

Jim McGregor Shield C-grade: Murchison v Pine Lodge at Howley Oval.

SJ Perry Shield D-grade: Toolamba v Mooroopna at Vibert Reserve (1).

Whitelock Shield E-grade: Katandra v Kyabram at Vibert Reserve (2).

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