Tal­la­rook cur­rently sits on top

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - By An­drew John­ston

A dom­i­nant 80 from play­ing coach Jac Smith-Wil­liams has guided Tal­la­rook to a 24-run win against Broad­ford.

With only two other play­ers mak­ing it past 20, and no one else past 25, Smith-Wil­liams was the hero for his side, set­ting up a de­fend­able to­tal be­fore Will Dun­don and Lach­lan Watts com­bined for seven wick­ets.

Just to fin­ish the match off, Smith-Wil­liams also took a wicket.

Win­ning the toss and bat­ting, Tal­la­rook was strug­gling from the early stages.

With only eight on the board for the game, Dan Fisher found him­self back in the sheds, leav­ing Luke Mar­shall at the crease to be joined by SmithWil­liams.

The coach took con­trol of the in­nings, dom­i­nat­ing the at­tack while Mar­shall made his con­tri­bu­tion.

With the score on 86, the play­ers pushed their luck a bit too far, with Mar­shall run out for 22.

Joined by Leigh Irv­ing, Smith Wil­liams con­tin­ued to score freely, de­part­ing for 80 with the team sit­ting com­fort­ably at 3-132.

Irv­ing would make 19, while Cam Muir would con­trib­ute 21.

Un­for­tu­nately, that was about all from the lower or­der.

Smith-Wil­liams said his team be­lieved they were roughly 30 runs short of where they wanted to be.

‘‘We got to about the 35 over mark and thought we were in a good po­si­tion to go on with it,’’ he said.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately we lost a few late wick­ets and didn’t get the score that we wanted.

‘‘We went into the game with two seam­ers and four spin­ners, so we knew that we needed to give our­selves as many runs on the board as we could to set up the game, and we prob­a­bly didn’t do that.’’

In the end, it wouldn’t make a huge dif­fer­ence to the game, with Dun­don and Watts rip­ping through the Broad­ford or­der.

‘‘We had a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance out of our bowlers,’’ he said.

‘‘We were able to get the seven wick­ets out of those two, as well as share the re­main­ing wick­ets around with the bowlers so we all had made a con­tri­bu­tion.’’

Smith-Wil­liams said his team were ec­static with the re­sult.

‘‘It was one of the bet­ter wins we have had this sea­son,’’ he said.

‘‘With the qual­ity of our com­pe­ti­tion, it is re­ally im­por­tant to be get­ting the wins at this stage of the year.’’

Those wins see Tal­la­rook in top spot on the com­pe­ti­tion ta­ble.

‘‘This is the most even I can re­mem­ber the com­pe­ti­tion be­ing, so get­ting early wins and set­ting our sea­son up is re­ally im­por­tant for us as the year goes for­ward,’’ he said.

‘‘We are hop­ing to keep in this form as we get to­wards Christ­mas so we hope­fully have our team in a good po­si­tion for the back half of the year.’’

Turn to page 31 for more on the week­end’s A-grade ac­tion.

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