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Tatura cricket off to a shaky start

Tatura played Katandra in a one-day game at Howley Oval and batted after winning the toss. Tatura was away to a shaky start losing the first wicket at eight.

BOB WILDES January 21, 2014 4:50am

A-grade

Jim Pyke (10) and Peter Watt took the score to 28 with Watt finally run out for 18 with the score at 35.

A succession of wickets then fell quickly with the side collapsing to be seven for 54.

Tom Vibert (28) and Steve Valentin (38) then combined to restore a modicum of respectability to the score with a partnership of 66.

The Tatura innings closed at 126 which was to prove totally inadequate in the good batting conditions.

Katandra finished at three for 128 and were comfortable winners.

John Valentin (two for 24) and Justin Connors (one for 21) were the successful Tatura bowlers.

B-grade

Tatura travelled to Katandra trying for a win to move into one of the top six places on the ladder, and make this year’s finals.

After winning the toss Katandra batted first but was never able to completely master the Tatura bowling and was finally all out for 167.

Caidan Pratt took the bowling honours for the visitors with three for seven.

Xavier Dowell took two for 23, Stuart Rutherford two for 29, Glenn Walker two for 29, and James Collett one for 56.

Tatura started the run chase confidently to reach three for 151 due to a fine contribution from opening bat Dave Miller (71), with good support from Michael Archer (21) and Caidan Pratt (17).

At that stage the team became overconfident and the next five wickets fell for only 11 runs.

That brought Glenn Walker to the crease, batting down the list due to a hamstring twinge. He guided the team to victory with Tatura finishing at eight for 172, and fifth place on the premiership ladder, which will give them a place in the finals if it can maintain the position through to the end of the season.

C-grade

Central Park/St Brendans, who hosted Tatura at Deakin Reserve, won the toss and asked the visitors to bat.

Tatura batted slowly but managed to bat throughout its 45 overs to finish the innings at eight for 116.

Graham Ballis top scored with 30, Griff O’Neill made 15 and Dan Maher 10.

The total was to prove inadequate against the strong Central Park team that finished its innings at four for 119 off 24 overs.

Ballis completed a good all-round performance taking two for 36, with Gary Dealy taking one for 21 and Michael Lancaster one for eight.

JUNIOR CRICKET

Junior cricket recommenced two-day games after the Christmas break.

Under-16

Tatura, home to Shepparton Youth Club/Old Students at Howley Oval, won the toss and batted.

The team which could only muster eight players due to the holiday period then put in a sterling effort with the bat to finish at seven for 190 from 49.4 overs.

Captain Caidan Pratt carried his bat to remain not out on 67. He received solid support from Jason Gattuso who finished with 44.

Angus Eaton made 15, Michael Lancaster 18 and Callum Minutoli 10.

Tatura has a score it can defend next week.

Under-14

Tatura played Pine lodge at Howley Oval 2.

Tatura made short work of the visitors after they had won the toss and batted, bowling them out for only 52 from 22 overs.

Rajiv Singh was the destroyer, taking four wickets for only six runs. He was ably supported by Dylan Rowney (two for 12), Matthew Fraser (two for five), Bailey Archer (one for eight), and James Gerrish (one for 12).

Tatura batted confidently in reply to reach four for 80 at the close of play with a great opportunity to gain maximum points from the game.

Will Pyke batted confidently for 34, Bailey Archer made 11, and Cade Dealy remained not out 15.

Tatura is in a strong position to consolidate its position at the top of the premiership ladder.

Under-12

Tatura was sent into bat by Kialla Knights at Kialla and made a strong start to the game.

Tatura finished at four for 104 from its first allotment of 25 overs.

Sean McAllister led the way with 28 not out. Mitchell Sandilands retired not out 18, and Darcy Russell made 11.

In reply Kialla Knights could only manage seven for 44 from its 25 overs.

For Tatura Harry Murdoch took two for three, Will Russell two for four, and Xavier Hutchison one for five. There were two run outs.

Tatura is well placed for a convincing win and to make a strong play for a position in the final series.

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