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Runs flow freely for Tatong

It was a case of battle of the districts at the weekend in the Walker Shield with Tatong taking on Goorambat and Devenish.

MARK SAUNDERS November 7, 2012 9:37am

The Walker Shield action on the weekend was at the Arundel St grounds in Benalla where Tatong took on Goorambat-Devenish at the road end and Euroa played Tungamah at the river end.

Tatong managed to pile on 341 runs to win by more than 200 runs against Goorambat-Devenish while Euroa continued its good early season form to beat Tungamah by 86 runs.

At the road-end ground, Tatong won the toss and went into bat with runs flowing freely. After 10 overs Tatong was 1/54 with opener and newcomer to the club Matt Irwin looking comfortable.

Irwin made 44 before being caught behind and that brought Jamie Berry to the crease and he continued the run feast.

At drinks, Tatong was 3/151 with Irwin out for 44 and Jamie Berry in control. Berry went on to make 137 and he was well supported by Paul Montgomery with 33 and new recruit Andrew Dickson with 47.

Will Thomas, Lachlan Skilbeck and Dean Milligan all took two wickets apiece for the G-batters.

After some lusty hitting early in its innings, which saw them none for 49 after five overs, Goorambat-Devenish succumbed to some tight bowling and good fielding to be all out for 114.

Captain Don Gilbert made a quick-fire 32 and Mark Skilbeck was not out for 31. Nathan Delaney, captain Shannan Cooper and Mark Saunders got two wickets each for the Magpies.

At the river-end ground, Tungamah won the toss and sent Euroa into bat.

After being in some trouble early at 2/20, Euroa consolidated to finish 6/195 from its 40 overs.

Rodney Jones did most of the damage with 89 not out and Hayden Saville made 44. Drew Haebich was the pick of the Tungamah bowlers with 3/35 from his eight overs.

Tungamah struggled in the run chase from the start and was in deep trouble at 3/10. They got through 27 overs before being all out for 109. Jason Sharp top scored with 39. Nicholas Brodie took 3/9 from four overs and Rodney Jones also captured three scalps for just five runs.

This weekend Tatong plays Warrenbayne at home and it’s Violet Town up against Goorambat-Devenish on the turf at Violet Town.

After three rounds, Euroa remains unbeaten on top of the Walker Shield ladder with Tatong second, Tungamah third, Violet Town fourth, Warrenbayne fifth and Goorambat-Devenish at the bottom, yet to notch up a win.

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