YOUNG Kyabram sporting talent Kyle Mueller has carried the exciting form of his breakout footy season with the Bombers into the opening round of Cricket Shepparton’s Haisman Shield 2017-18 season.
Mueller plundered a dashing unbeaten century — his first in senior grade cricket — to lead the Kyabram Cricket Club to a seven-wicket win over Mooroopna in the historic day-night clash at Mooroopna on Saturday night.
It was a neck-and-neck struggle whether Mueller would reach his ton before Kyabram hit the front but in a photo-finish his century and the win came from the same shot which produced three runs.
At the oval where he bagged a matchwinning seven goals for the Bombers in a GVFL qualifying final against Shepparton in early September Mueller again delighted sports fans with his commanding knock of 100 not out.
The 20-year-old left hander clouted three sixes and 10 fours from only 86 balls after coming to the wicket when new English recruit Tom Oliver was dismissed off the second ball of the Kyabram innings.
Batting first drop Mueller was unfazed at his early arrival at the crease and with young opener Kyle Fitzgerald proceeded to lay the foundation of a winning Kyabram total with a stirring second wicket partnership of 124.
With a fighting 38 off 61 balls with six boundaries Fitzgerald provided the solid support to compliment the dashing Mueller.
Mueller and another of its English recruits, Elliott Callis were at the crease when Kyabram covered the Mooroopna total of 7/178 with seven wickets in hand.
Callis, who has played against Sri Lanka and Pakistan A teams, showed he could be a huge pick-up in making a stylish 17 not out.
Earlier the McLay brothers did the most damage with the ball in Mooroopna’s innings.
Billy McLay was on the spot with his nine overs leaking just 23 runs and producing three wickets.
Bowling spearhead Jackson McLay picked up 2/32 off nine overs while Charlie McLay captured 2/39 off six overs.
Kyabram meets Karramomus this Saturday at Kyabram.
■ A RUSTY Kyabram B grade side suffered a heavy loss after its batsmen capitulated for just 55 runs in 23.2 overs in its clash with Mooroopna at Gray Oval Mooroopna.
Kyabram was chasing a gettable 8/132 but only one batsman, Lukas Hanslow, who made 14, got into double figures in the batting surrender.
Best of the Kyabram bowlers was Connor Hawes with 2/33 off nine tight overs .
■ IN D GRADE Kyabram had a win on the back of a fine innings from veteran star Ross Brown who is on the comeback trail.
Brown made a dominant 58 with 10 boundaries as Kyabram reached 5/117 off 19 overs in reply to Mooroopna’s 6/113 off its 40 overs.
Jag Singh with 3/22 off eight overs and Jonty Hawes with 2/15 received plenty of support in restricting Mooroopna to 6/113 off its 40 overs.