Tatura A-grade is playing away at Mooroopna in what will be its last game of the year.BOB WILDES February 26, 2014 4:45am
After winning the toss, in an interesting decision, Tatura asked the home side to bat on what proved to be an excellent batting wicket.
The good batting conditions soon became evident with the first wicket not falling until 111 runs had been scored.
Two quick wickets for only 15 runs gave the visitors some hope, but that was the end of the joy for Tatura.
Mooroopna, led by Campbell who ended the day 137 not out, surviving being dropped at 99, powered on to finish the innings at seven for 347.
The bright spot for Tatura was the bowling of junior spin bowler Angus Eaton who took two for 33 from 10 overs.
The other wicket takers were Josh Thurston (1/84), Justin Connors (1/72), and Zav Ballis (1/21).
Tatura has a mammoth task ahead of it when it bats next week.
Fifth placed Tatura is playing second placed Mooroopna at Howley Oval for a place in the finals. Tatura needs to win to guarantee a finals appearance.
Mooroopna won the toss and batted in good conditions.
Tatura soon had the visitors under pressure with the first two wickets falling for 13 runs due to good bowling by Xavier Dowell.
Tatura continued to bowl tightly not allowing Mooroopna to gain the upper hand and it was finally all out for 139.
Lou Worm put in his best bowling performance for the year, taking three wickets for 33 from 14 overs that included five maidens.
He was well supported by Stuart Rutherford, playing in front of his parents visiting from Ireland, who took three for 37.
Xavier Dowell took two for 16, Dan Miller one for 35 and Michael Archer one for two.
Tatura was left to face 32 overs for the rest of the day.
Batting carefully it reached three for 75 at stumps.
Dan Miller made 20, Jim Pyke 23, and Matt Cornwall eight. The not out batsmen are young Michael Donaldson who batted resolutely for 45 minutes for two runs and veteran Glenn Walker on 17.
Next week Tatura has seven remaining wickets to make 65 runs for victory.
With the ball now 32 overs old it should be able to score the necessary runs, especially if it is to meet its aspirations to play in the final series.
Tatura forfeited the game against Mooroopna.
Junior semi-finals were played on Sunday with all Tatura sides playing.
Tatura played Northerners at Tallygaroopna without key player Jess Petherick, who has been sidelined with stress fractures.
Northerners, after winning the toss and batting, were soon in trouble losing the first wicket before a run had been scored.
A mini revival had the next wicket falling at 52 but thereafter the Tatura bowlers reasserted their supremacy and dismissed Northerners for 87.
In a quality team bowling performance Zav Ballis took three for 11 from eight overs, Angus Eaton two for 21, Caidan Pratt one for 16 and Jordan Gattuso one for 25.
Tatura made a solid start to its innings losing the first wicket at 25 and then progressing to two for 50.
The innings wobbled a bit at that stage to tumble to four for 53.
Zac Trevaskis then took control of the innings to finish 32 not out with Tatura finishing at five for 103 and a convincing win.
It was a particularly satisfying win to beat the top team from fourth position and Tatura will now progress to the grand final next Sunday at Kialla.
Tatura faced up to Notre Dame/St Brendans at Howley Oval.
Tatura won the toss and batted, but made a shaky start losing the first wicket at three.
The higher order batsmen then consolidated the innings moving the score along steadily with Will Pyke contributing 22, Dylan Rowney retiring not out for 40 and Cade Dealy making 22.
The remaining bats maintained the Tatura supremacy with Rajiv Singh making 18 and Nicholas Watt 13.
At the completion of its 50 overs Tatura was eight for 146 and in a strong position.
The Notre Dame/St Brendans innings started in dramatic fashion with the team collapsing to six for 12, due to fine bowling from Rowney and Singh, and one batsman retiring hurt after being struck in the head with the ball.
At that stage the game looked to be all over, but the Notre Dame middle order regrouped to get the team to eight for 84.
Rowney then returned to the bowling clean bowling the last two bats in consecutive balls to have Notre Dame all out for 86, well short of the Tatura total.
Rowney completed a man of the match performance taking five wickets for four runs to add to his batting exploits (Pic P18).
In a solid team bowling performance Singh took three for six, Pyke one for 18 and Bailey Archer one for eight.
Tatura will now play Numurkah in the grand final next week at Tallygaroopna.
Tatura travelled to Numurkah where it won the toss and sent the opposition into bat.
Tatura then received a batting lesson from the strong Numurkah line-up that finished its innings at two for 105 from its allocated 25 overs.
The successful bowlers were Michael Sandilands and Declan Ryan who each took a wicket.
None of the Tatura batsmen were able to establish an innings and the side was all out for 37, bringing to an end its 2013/14 campaign.
It was nonetheless a successful season with the team making the finals.
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