Tatura defeats Waaia in an emphatic win
Waaia was prepared for a big score to come from Tatura and the Bombers could not meet the 198 runs set for victory.
Tatura opener Michael Archer’s dismissal for a golden duck was an aberration in a successful batting innings by Tim Kelly’s men.
The effort was headlined by the captain himself who joined with Caiden Pratt and then Mat Cornwall on his way to a knock of 69, comprising nine boundaries.
He was well supported by his team mates, with Cornwall raising the bat for an unbeaten 50 as he took the side to 6-197, while Pratt was solid for his 24.
‘‘Batting partnerships have been a major focus and getting partnerships of over 10 and going on with it and we had a few of those,’’ captain Kelly said.
‘‘Corny anchored the second half of the innings and Joey (Kelly) came in and made 20 and Jess (Petherick) made 15.’’
Kelly said he was rapt to have his younger brother back playing alongside him.
‘‘It was pretty awesome, I’ve been trying for a long time to get him to play with me and he hasn’t played for a few years — it was special,’’ he said.
Waaia’s Robert Bradbury finished with figures of 2-22, including the prized wickets of Tim Kelly and Pratt, with team mate Jesse Trower wiping out three batsmen of his own.
But Kelly was confident his side would go on to win.
‘‘We were pretty happy with the score because their bowlers were bowling really well at the start and they’re a really good team, so we were happy to get to 200 and it was about par,’’ he said.
Leading the way: Tatura captain Tim Kelly had another huge day, whacking 69 runs as his side knocked off Waaia.