A grade near the pace

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

EUROA took the trip to the Frank How­ley oval to face Tatura on a rel­a­tively sunny day on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3.

The pitch looked like a good pitch to bat on and af­ter win­ning the toss Tatura elected to bat.

M Archer and C Pratt opened the bat­ting for Tatura against new bowl duo Brad Glee­son and Chris Dyer.

Tatura man­aged to es­cape any real dam­age early on de­spite a few shots be­ing mist­imed and hit in the air.

Glee­son and Dyer bowled rel­a­tively well first up on a pitch that didn’t of­fer too much.

Tatura’s first two wick­ets fell with the in­tro­duc­tion of An­drew Cros­bie into the at­tack.

He claimed both Archer and Pratt which put the score at 2/47.

Tatura hadn’t made too bad a start, but 2/47 quickly be­came 5/59 with Glee­son tak­ing the third wicket then Jake Smith be­ing bought into the at­tack saw the next two wick­ets fall.

This saw T Vib­ert and J Thurston to­gether at the crease and the pair stead­ied the ship for Tatura help­ing them get the score above 100.

Euroa didn’t claim their next wicket un­til the score was on 119 af­ter Tom Panuc­cio was thrown the ball.

Firstly he re­moved Thurston then mo­ments later he re­moved Vib­ert to see Tatura 7/130.

It was ex­pected that Euroa would be able to re­strict Tatura to a score un­der 150 at this stage with all the recog­nised bats­men back in the pav­il­ion.

This pre­dic­tion ap­peared to be com­ing to re­al­ity as Dyer ran out new bats­man Kelly with the score now 8/141.

But W Pyke and J Arm- strong bat­ted well in a test­ing pe­riod to score 28* and 17* re­spec­tively to see Tatura to a good score of 8/188.

It was Euroa’s turn out in the mid­dle.

Open­ers Ben Har­ri­son and De­clan Red­fern were look­ing to make an early dent in the to­tal set.

They went up against Tatura open­ing bowlers J Peth­er­ick and J Arm­strong.

It wasn’t to be for Har­ri­son as he was bowled by Peth­er­ick with the score on seven.

Red­fern bat­ted con­fi­dently for his 33, bat­ting for over an hour and strik­ing five bound­aries, be­fore be­ing dis­missed by Thurston with the score now 2/62.

Red­fern had been suit­ably ac­com­pa­nied at the crease by Sean Heme­ter who also made it into the 30s mak­ing 37 af­ter bat­ting for 82 min­utes and find­ing the bound­ary four times.

With the score at 3/85, Euroa seemed to have built a steady plat­form to at­tack the to­tal set for them.

How­ever the score­board quickly went from 3/85 to 6/111.

With around 35 or so balls re­main­ing, Euroa still re­quired over 70 runs.

The much needed in­jec­tion of quick scor­ing saw the score­board tick over nicely with runs but un­for­tu­nately the wick­ets col­umn started to dwin­dle un­til Euroa fi­nally closed on 9/158.

This was a much bet­ter per­for­mance than last week for Euroa and they aren’t far away from the pace.

Wins will surely come in the next few matches.

Fi­nal re­sults: Euroa (9/158) de­feated by Tatura (8/188cc).

Bowl­ing: J Smith 2/15, T Panuc­cio 2/23, A Cros­bie 2/37.

Bat­ting: S Heme­ter 37, D Red­fern 33, L Paul 15.

PHO­TOS: Emma Kubeil

CEL­E­BRAT­ING A WICKET: Brad Glee­son (left) con­grat­u­lates An­drew Cros­bie with Sean Heme­ter and Tom Panuc­cio join­ing in the rev­el­ries.

EYES ON A WICKET: Brad Glee­son sends down a siz­zler watched by Jake Smith ( right).

A SURE THING: Lu­cas Paul makes short work of this ball.

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