Tatura cricketers approached the weekend with a little more optimism after the disappointments of last round, with Tatura A-grade favoured to win.By Bob Wildes
Tatura cricketers approached the weekend with a little more optimism this week after the disappointments of last round, with Tatura A-grade favoured to win.
Tatura is hosting Shepparton and Youth Club United at Howley Oval, where it won the toss and sent the visitors in on a wicket that looked good, but provided some uneven bounce.
The decision to send the opposition in soon paid dividends, with opening bowlers Josh Thurston and Chris McCallum ripping through the Shepparton top batting order to have them 5-22.
Change bowlers Justin Connors and Dan Coombs continued the pressure on the batsmen, bowling United out for 100. Thurston finished with 2-18 from 14 overs, McCallum 4-38 from 19, Connors 1-12 and Coombs 3-13 from eight.
Tom Devine, making his A-grade debut, bowled well without luck, conceding only seven runs from seven overs.
Tom Vibert had a polished performance behind the stumps with four catches and conceded no byes.
Some of the initial gloss was taken off the bowling performance when Tatura batted, slumping to 4-28.
Peter Watt and Tom Eggins then stopped the rot and steered the team through to stumps without further loss of wickets. Jim Pyke made 10, Eggins 13 and Watt nine.
Tatura finished the day at 4-48, still requiring 53 runs for first innings points with six wickets in hand, a position from which it should win, but the game is evenly balanced.
Tatura is playing Northerners at Tatura Park. Tatura won the toss and asked the visitors to bat on a well-grassed wicket that, in the end, proved to be good for batting.
The visitors lost an early wicket at six and the decision to send them in appeared to be justified.
The initial joy was soon dissipated as the next wicket fell at 84 and things became progressively worse for the home side, with Northerners declaring its innings closed at 4-312 from 52 overs. Tyson Sidebottom remained not out on 101.
For Tatura, Blair Jenkins took 2-63, Lachie Magee 1-68 and Graham Ballis 1-29.
The Tatura innings started badly, with Michael Archer unfortunately run out backing up at the bowling end. The situation didn’t improve, with the home side 4-29 at stumps with its back to the wall. Northerners is a strong team with a number of A-grade standard players.
Tatura, away against top side Mooroopna, won the toss and batted, but were unable to cope with the Mooroopna attack.
Tatura was bowled out for 52 from 40 overs, with young Jess Petherick, who made 19, the only batsman to offer any serious resistance to the bowling.
The situation didn’t improve for Tatura as Mooroopna finished the day at 2-194 from 39 overs, with the visitors faced with a comprehensive defeat. Gary Dealy and Angus Eaton each took a wicket.
Tatura-Toolamba under-16s played Kyabram at Kyabram. Batting first, Tatura made a disastrous start being 2-1, 5-5 and 7-48.
Captain Brayden McGregor and Jess Petherick then set about resurrecting the innings. McGregor made a stylish 73 not out and Petherick contributed a solid 45. Steve Valentin made 16. The combine was finally dismissed for 163, a great result after the dismal start to the innings.
Kyabram had to bat for four overs and lost 2-14, leaving the combine well placed for a win. McGregor and Valentin each took a wicket.
The under-14 team played Shepparton and Youth Club United at Princess Park, where it won the toss and sent the opposition into bat.
The home side batted for the entire morning finishing on 136. In all, 10 Tatura players had a bowl with Callum Minutoli the most successful, taking 3-25.
Other wicket takers were Josh Scrimizzi (3-16), Matthew Fraser (2-7), and Dylan Rowney (2-4).
Tatura has a strong batting line up and should make enough runs to win next week.
The under-12 team was away at Numurkah where, after being sent in to bat, it had a day out finishing at 1-145 from its first allocation of 22 overs.
In an even team batting performance, Callum Ryan (13), Declan Ryan (11), Will Russell (21), Nicholas Watt (23), Blake Bloom (13), and Zac Bloom (19) all retired not out, and Michael Coonerty remained not out 12.
In reply, Numurkah made 3-50 from its 22 overs. Selby McCamley and Cooper Daniels each took a wicket.
Tatura is well placed to maintain its unbeaten record for the year.
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