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Opportunity squandered in the severe heat

In A-grade cricket Tatura hosted Numurkah at Howley Oval, where it had the good fortune to win the toss and bat providing the chance to avoid having to field in the hot weather.

BOB WILDES February 12, 2014 4:55am

However, the team managed to squander the opportunity provided by winning the toss through another lacklustre batting performance.

Despite batting on a wicket that didn’t hold any demons — although the good conditions at Howley Oval enabled bowlers to keep the ball swinging throughout the innings — Tatura only managed to survive for 37 overs, and was all out before the tea break for a disappointing 82 runs.

The only players to reach double figures were Tom Casey (13), Tom Vibert (13) and the ever reliable veteran Peter Watt (26).

Tatura batsmen need to place more value on their wickets, and to more effectively rotate the strike when faced with accurate bowling.

The Numurkah innings started well for Tatura with the visitors losing early wickets to be three for 20 due to some accurate bowling by Josh Thurston who took all three wickets.

Numurkah then re-grouped and as the hot weather began to impact on the bowlers batted on to be eight for 158 at stumps, and with a comfortable lead on the first innings.

Thurston finished with the commendable figures of four for 34 from eight overs. Zav Ballis took two for 12 and Trav Thompson one for 20.

A highlight of the innings for Tatura was the run out by John Valentin resulting from a direct hit on the stumps from a long throw from the boundary.

Tatura has a tough assignment next week to avoid an outright defeat.

B-grade

Tatura was away at Numurkah playing for a place in the finals.

Numurkah won the toss and batted, getting away to a solid start and not losing the first wicket until the score was 99. The home side continued to bat steadily reaching five for 207 with Tatura looking a huge score in the face.

Tatura then showed its mettle in the trying conditions to capture the last five wickets for only 28 runs with Numurkah all out for 235.

Dan Miller put in great effort in the circumstances to take five for 67 from 22 overs. He was ably supported by Glenn Walker with three for 41 from 15 overs, Lou Worm with one for 30 from 16 overs, and Xavier Dowell took a wicket.

Tatura is faced next week with a sizeable but achievable total to secure a place in the finals.

C-grade

C-grade had a bye this round following the withdrawal of Toolamba from the competition.

JUNIOR CRICKET

This round of junior cricket was played as 20/20 fixtures because matches were called off the previous weekend due to the hot weather.

Under-16

Tatura, playing Northerners at Tallygaroopna, won the toss and batted, but could only manage 17 overs.

After reaching three for 48 the last seven wickets fell for 29 runs with the side all out for 77. Zac Trevaskis top scored with 23, with Zav Ballis contributing 14 and Caidan Pratt 10.

Northerners batted for the full 20 overs finishing at six for 104 and a comfortable win. Trevaskis completed a good all-round performance to take two wickets for 23, while Ballis, Pratt, Michael Lancaster and Callum Minutoli each took a wicket.

Tatura can still make the finals if it wins the next game, the last of the home and away games.

Under-14

Tatura, away at Kyabram, won the toss and sent the home side in to bat, and was able to restrict it to five for 76.

Dylan Rowney took the bowling honours with three for 12, and Bailey Archer and Michael Coonerty each took a wicket.

When batting, Tatura was untroubled to cruise to six for 111 and an easy win.

Rajiv Singh made 24, Will Pyke 22, Rowney, 15 and Cade Dealy 19, all retired not out. Tatura has a bye next round but will finish the home and away games on the top of the premiership ladder and as favourites to win the premiership.

Under-12

Tatura hosted Shepparton/Youth Club United at Howley 2.

The visitors won the toss and batted and could only manage four for 43 from their 20 overs. For Tatura Sean McAllister took one for three, Michael Rowney one for five, Will Russell one for four, and Baden Forster one for 11.

In reply, Tatura was untroubled to reach two for 88 at the close of the innings for a comfortable win. McAllister made 16, Russell 12, Xavier Hutchison 11, Deakin Easterbrook 11, all retired not out, and Harry Murdoch made 12.

Tatura will finish the season against the bottom side next round, and should win, which will ensure it a place in the finals.

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