SJ Perry Shield preliminary finals

By Aydin Payne

A shared bowling masterclass from a trio of Numurkah bowlers, have lifted the Blues to a classic win against Karramomus in the SJ Perry Shield preliminary final.

The Blues have booked a final against an Invergordon outfit that ousted Euroa yesterday, bowling the Magpies out and clinching a 32-run win.

Invergordon kicked off proceedings with the bat in hand, and in-form batsman Harley Green raced to 89 runs from 95 deliveries, showcasing his impressive talents with the willow.

Euroa’s Travis Stefanos claimed an impressive five-wicket haul, picking up 5-32, but No.7 batsman Bayden Moor chipped in with 36 runs, to help Invergordon set a total of 169 from 68 overs.

In the run chase it was again Stefanos who starred, top-scoring with 45 runs from a 172 deliveries.

Despite Stefanos’ Rahul Dravid-esque innings, it was Invergordon’s Moor (4-29) and Travis Murdoch (2-40) that restricted Euroa to 137 runs from 81 overs as Invergordon pinched a 32-run win.

In the Numurkah and Karramomus clash, the Bloods elected to bat first, but were left reeling at 4-15 and faced a tough battle to withstand the might of the Blues’ bowling line-up.

The Numurkah trio of Bailey Roberts (3-12), Hamish Lambert (3-8) and Jason Verhoeven (3-25) struck fear into the hearts of the Karramomus batsmen, as the Bloods were bundled out for 84 from 46 overs.

Ashley Thompson (22) and Tony Rowan (17) provided some positives for the Bloods on Saturday, but it was a disappointing performance yesterday as Numurkah breezed to a six-wicket victory.

This weekend looms as a promising contest between Numurkah and Invergordon, as both sides will be out to clinch SJ Perry Shield glory for the first time in more than 15 years.