After a torrid back half of the season, Tatura finally got back to winning ways against Shepparton United at Howley Oval on Saturday.By Damen Francis
After a torrid back half of the season, Tatura finally got back to winning ways against Shepparton United at Howley Oval on Saturday.
The home side, which had not won a Haisman Shield match since stunning Karramomus in round nine, clawed its way past United by four wickets.
Despite the visitors’ fight, in the end its first innings tally of 100 was hardly defendable, and United captain Josh Lawrence acknowledged as much.
‘‘You don’t win many games of cricket with that sort of score,’’ Lawrence said.
‘‘We didn’t do anything wrong, we bowled and fielded pretty well and got Tom Eggins out with about 20 runs to get, but it just wasn’t enough.’’
Peter Watt was once again the middle-order mainstay, top-scoring with 42, before he became one of Dwain Vidler’s six victims for the day.
‘‘Vids bowled really well and proved to a few of the younger guys what you can do when you bowl a good line and length and put pressure on the batsmen,’’ Lawrence said.
‘‘It was just good smart bowling, thinking about how you’re going to get batsmen out.’’
Tatura’s Melbourne Country Week-bound duo Joshua Thurston (26) and Chris McCallum (30) combined as well with the bat as they did with the ball on day one, to guide their side to 164.
United elected to bat a second time and made 2-115 in 20 overs before stumps.
Lawrence cracked 72 not out and teenager Anthony Andronaco impressed once again with an unbeaten 18 batting at first drop.
Tatura skipper Daniel Coombs was clearly relieved to bring a discouraging losing streak to a close.
‘‘It’s good to get a win after a poor few games,’’ Coombs said.
‘‘Tom and Peter scored 30-odd runs in the first 10 overs and even though we lost a couple of wickets after that partnership they got us nearly there.
‘‘Josh and Chris have had to bat in quite a few difficult situations all season, so they are good players and it was good for them to have a bat at the end.’’
Regardless of next week’s result against Mooroopna, Tatura is now certain to finish seventh, an improvement on last year’s eighth place.
United fielder Aaron Carver has a flying shot at the stumps.
Tail-ender Tom Devine is bowled by Josh O’Dwyer to bring Tatura’s innings to a close.
Dale Sidebottom goes in search of a wicket.
Karl Rosevear chases a ball down before it reaches the boundary.
Tatura batsmen Tom Devine and Chris McCallum walk off after the fall of the final wicket.
Artist Nici Cumpston will hold a free Artist Talk at Shepparton Art Museum tonight, speaking about her body of work based around the Shepparton region.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Echuca Football Club has signed Joel Magnabosco and Kane Morris for next season.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
Police allege a man attempted to rob a Cobram supermarket today.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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