Path to vic­tory

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - By Lau­ren Bordin

Nagam­bie had a plan en­ter­ing its en­counter with the reign­ing Cricket Shep­par­ton premier.

Keep­ing Katan­dra to less than 150 runs was the only fea­si­ble way Mark Nolan saw a path to vic­tory and he was rapt his side was able to ex­e­cute the plan and take the points.

‘‘It was a very good win, we didn’t go in neg­a­tive, but we weren’t ex­pect­ing to bowl them for 150,’’ Nolan said.

‘‘We got a cou­ple of early wick­ets and bowled well as a team and then they got away a bit, but we pulled them back.’’

Nathan Fothergill took charge of keep­ing the Ea­gles quiet, de­spite opener Ben Clurey strid­ing to 55 runs in­clud­ing seven fours.

Fothergill took the scalp of Scott Richard­son and with Mark Nolan re­mov­ing brother Luke Nolan, the Lak­ers were off to a strong open­ing.

But the Ea­gles slowly got back on track be­fore Fothergill was brought on for an­other ef­fort and re­moved Nathan Hickey, Hadleigh Sirett and Mitch Black in quick suc­ces­sion to have Katan­dra at 7-109.

Nolan heaped praise on Fothergill’s sea­son and his fig­ures of 4-14 in Satur­day’s vic­tory.

‘‘He bowled re­ally well last week and again (on Satur­day), he bowled six overs up the front for one wicket and then in his sec­ond spell he got three for not many,’’ he said.

‘‘We bowled pretty well, it was tough for the bowlers, it was a good wicket and a quick out­field, so they were al­ways go­ing to hit the odd bound­ary.’’

But Nolan was con­fi­dent about sur­pass­ing the 143 set af­ter his side bowled out its op­po­si­tion in the fi­nal over at Katan­dra Recre­ation Re­serve.

Kyle Win­ter-Irv­ing and Ty­rone Muir were the saviours in the sec­ond in­nings with both at the crease when the win­ning runs were scored.

Win­ter-Irv­ing fin­ished the day on 65 as Muir con­trib­uted 25 runs and pro­vided sup­port.

Richard­son’s bowl­ing fig­ures of 3-28 were a high­light for the Ea­gles and cap­tain Luke Nolan said the side looked like it could forge an un­likely win when Richard­son had the ball in hand.

‘‘We tried to take a few pos­i­tives and he was one, he bowled nine overs straight and it was a re­ally good spell, it looked like we had a chance when he was bowl­ing,’’ he said.

But Luke Nolan said that be­ing un­able to re­cover af­ter fall­ing to 2-9 in­di­cated the Ea­gles could be in for a tough day.

‘‘They bowled par­tic­u­larly well, es­pe­cially early on and Nathan Fothergill was re­ally good,’’ he said.

‘‘Our top-or­der didn’t get enough runs and we strug­gled from the word go, we didn’t do too bad to get 145 runs and give us some­thing to bowl at.

‘‘We just never got a re­ally big part­ner­ship go­ing, but Ben bat­ted pretty well, so it was good to see him get runs.’’

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