Path to victory
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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