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.
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