By Dillon Shelley
THE Kyabram Redbacks put on an impressive batting display at the Kyabram Recreation Reserve in Round 6 of the Apprenticeship Factory A Grade Haisman Shield. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Redbacks amassed a mammoth total of 407 for the loss of 4 wickets in their stipulated 80 overs.
Opener Billy Mclay got the innings off to a steady start with a patient 20 off 64 deliveries before being stumped off the bowling of Cohen Paul. His opening partner, Paul Parsons, played a more aggressive knock, scoring 64 off 78 balls, including 9 fours and a maximum, before being caught by Joshua Robertson off Nicholas Hill.
The real fireworks however, came from Cade Mueller and skipper Kyle Mueller. Cade scored an impressive 111 off 167 balls, his innings punctuated with 12 boundaries. His captain, Kyle, was even more dominant, smashing a blistering 158 off just 141 deliveries, including 18 boundaries and 6 sixes.
Charlie Mclay and Kyle Fitzgerald remained unbeaten at the close of the innings, contributing 18* and 25* respectively, ensuring the Redbacks ended on a high note.
On the bowling front, Euroa’s Cohen Paul was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3 wickets for 151 runs in his 28 overs. Nicholas Hill was the only other successful bowler, claiming the wicket of Paul Parsons.
Despite the huge total, the Euroa bowlers maintained a decent economy rate, with Fletcher Paul and Walter Jackson conceding less than 3 runs per over in their spells. However, the lack of wicket-taking options proved costly as the Redbacks piled on the runs.
The match will continue on Saturday, 18 Nov 2023, with Euroa’s response to the daunting total set by the Redbacks.