FINALS aspirant Hawkesdale is building belief through a top-order batsman’s sizzling form.
Veteran Murray Habel blasted his second century of the campaign against reigning premier Killarney to fire Hawkesdale into the top four on Saturday.
Cats mentor Kurt Buchanan hailed Habel’s consistency as key in the Cats’ rise.
“Murray has just been in form for the whole season. I think he’s made close to 600 runs for the season so far and he’s just in really good shape,” he said.
“We gave young Harrison Cozens a chance to open and he batted the whole innings for his 30-odd. He did his job, got through the new ball and rotated the strike to get Murray on strike.”
Buchanan said his men cashed in on the unavailability of reigning cricketer of the year Liam Cole and executed their plans to perfection.
(Hawkesdale) probably had a bit more to play for.Kurt Buchanan
“They had three players out – Cole was a massive one – and we probably had a bit more to play for,” Buchanan said.
“We’ve got to win every game before finals to make the top four and they have a top-two spot sewn up.
“Now, there’s seven sides who can make the top four and we can finish as high as second. We’d obviously like to finish top two, but we’re not even thinking about that at the moment.”