After a torrid back half of the season, Tatura finally got back to winning ways against Shepparton United at Howley Oval on Saturday.DAMEN FRANCIS February 18, 2013 4:15am
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.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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