A grade near the pace
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.
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.