Senior cricket continued at the weekend, with all Tatura teams playing one-day games at Mooroopna.By Bob Wildes
At Howley Oval, Mooroopna won the toss and batted, and made a solid start of 35 before John Valentin, playing his first game for Tatura after receiving a last-minute clearance from Toolamba, bowled O’Brien.
Valentin, who has added some fire-power to the bowling attack, finished the day with three for 27 in an impressive debut.
Mooroopna continued to bat well at five runs an over despite some lively bowling from Tom Devine who bowled two of the top batsmen, Burgess and Campbell, and also claimed the wicket of opening batsman Mulcahy.
Devine, finished the day with a fine performance of three for 46. Mooroopna was finally all out for 193 from 43 overs, a very competitive total.
Justin Connors was the most economical of the bowlers, and finished with two for 24 from eight overs with Steve Valentin chipping in with one for 16.
The Tatura run race didn’t start well when it lost two wickets for 12.
The evergreen Peter Watt — a number of him team-mates were not even thought of when he was first compiling centuries for Tatura — then played one of his signature innings, and dispatched the bowling to all parts of the field. He cracked 15 fours in his innings of 86, finally out as the sixth wicket to fall with the score at 146. He received solid support from Dave Miller who made 26, which included three fours, in a partnership of 90.
The latter part of the innings fell away as the batsmen went for quick runs with Tatura all out for 162 from 43 overs with Tom Vibert remaining not out 14.
Although Tatura hasn’t won a game yet, with the current emphasis on youth the team is now playing with more resolve and determination than in recent years and a win is not far away, although it has been saddled with a tough early draw against last year’s finalists.
Next week is the powerful Central Park/ St Brendan’s outfit.
Tatura was away at Mooroopna and fielded after the home side won the toss and batted. Mooroopna cruised to five for 151 but then lost its way to be eight for 159 after its 45 overs.
New recruit from Ireland Stuart Rutherford, just off the plane last week, had a notable debut for the club with four wickets for 23 from nine overs of accurate medium pace bowling that included two maidens.
Hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things when he gets over his jetlag.
James Collet bowled well to take two for 27, while Juniors Michael Archer and Zav Ballis each took a wicket and Dan Miller bowled seven economical overs for 15 runs.
Tatura started badly at one for six but Caidan Pratt and Jim Pyke put on 36 before Pyke was run out for 19.
Pratt was out soon after for 11. Michael Donaldson and Glenn Walker then combined for a partnership of 51 before Donaldson was also run out for 19. Walker continued on to make 39.
The innings then fell away in the chase for quick runs with Tatura all out for 151 in the last over, falling short by only nine runs. A good effort given the youth of the team.
Tatura hosted Mooroopna at Tatura Park and batted after winning the toss. The innings started badly and the first wicket fell with the score on four.
Emil Somers (34) and Peter Trevaskis (27) then combined to take the score to 60. Jack O’Toole (10) and Russell Pratt (18) made valuable contributions to get the score to five for 114.
The team then lost its way to be all out for 127 which was not enough against the strong Mooroopna combination.
The visitors got off to a flier and cruised to victory; they required only 23 overs to pass the Tatura score, and finished at three for 145. Pratt, Gary Dealy and O’Toole each took a wicket for Tatura.
The junior cricket competition continued with another round of Twenty20 games.
Tatura, playing Kyabram away, won the toss and sent the home side in to bat. Kyabram had a solid opening partnership of 32 before the Tatura bowlers got on top to take the next six wickets for 31 runs.
A late flurry of runs enabled Kyabram to finish at seven for 94 from its 20 overs.
Michael Lancaster was the most successful bowler with two for 13, while Zav Ballis, Jess Petherick, Zac Trevaskis, Aaron Rowe and Callum Minutoli each took a wicket.
The Tatura innings struggled early and the first five wickets were lost for only 17 runs.
The tail batted with a bit more resolve to take the score to 65 in the 19th over, but was still well short of the opposition’s total. Petherick made 11, Ballis 12, and captain Caidan Pratt remained not out 17.
Tatura played Kialla Knights at Kialla. Batting first, Kialla made an impressive four for 114 from its 20 overs.
Cade Dealy, Dylan Rowney and Nicholas Watt each took a wicket for Tatura.
The young Tatura side batted determinedly to reach two for 59, but was not able to match the stroke play of its bigger opponents.
James Gerrish top-scored with 15 retired not out, with Will Pyke making eight and Marcus Fraser retired not out seven.
Tatura was away at Numurkah to play the Numurkah Scorchers. Batting first, the home side finished at seven for 72 which included 37 extras.
Cooper Daniels, Harry Murdoch, Deakin Easterbrook and Will Russell each took a wicket for Tatura.
Daniels had Tatura off to a good start in the run chase, retiring not out 11. Russell, retired not out 16, and Murdoch, retired not out 25, then took the opposition bowling apart with a combined 41 runs at better than a run a ball.
The result was never in doubt after that and Tatura ran out comfortable winners at five for 112.
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