Team falls short

Un­able to pro­duce a run tally to chal­lenge vic­tors

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - Yea Tigers were vic­to­ri­ous in Sun­day’s Sey­mour District Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion one-day fi­nal. By An­drew John­ston Pic­ture:

Not enough runs. It is go­ing to haunt Tal­la­rook all sum­mer long.

When they needed to pro­duce in the one-day com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal on Sun­day, they fell short when it mat­tered and couldn’t put enough runs on the board. Not even close in the end. A strong per­for­mance with the ball saw Yea Tigers knock over Tal­la­rook for the low score of 148 runs.

A score that would not take long for Yea to run down them­selves.

Com­ing off a Sat­ur­day that saw all two-day matches aban­doned due to the weather, it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for the side which had to bat first.

Un­for­tu­nately, that was Tal­la­rook.

Play­ing coach Jac SmithWil­liams said it was an un­lucky start.

‘‘That’s the re­al­ity of the coin toss, you don’t get to con­trol it and it won’t al­ways go your way,’’ he said.

‘‘They won the toss and it was dif­fi­cult from that point on.’’

The re­sult of the pre­vi­ous day’s weather was al­ways go­ing to be some­thing dif­fi­cult for his team to over­come.

‘‘The pitch was still car­ry­ing a fair amount of mois­ture in it, which makes bat­ting pretty dif­fi­cult. The ball is more un­pre­dictable in the way that it moves; it makes life a lot harder.

‘‘You also have to deal with the fact that bat­ting be­comes a lot eas­ier as the pitch dries out, so if you do get sent in, you need to hang around long enough to put a de­fend­able to­tal on the board.’’

While Smith-Wil­liams was able to make runs on his own, only two of his other team mates made a se­ri­ous con­tri­bu­tion to the match with the bat.

So when his team were all out, the bowlers had a dif­fi­cult task up their sleeves.

‘‘We didn’t have a lot of runs to pro­tect, so it was go­ing to be a case where our bowlers had to pro­duce re­ally strong per­for­mances. They wouldn’t be able to give away a lot of runs, and we would have to strike with early wick­ets if we were go­ing to stay in the match,’’ Smith-Wil­liams said.

Only one wicket would be taken by the bowl­ing group, with a runout also hap­pen­ing in the in­nings. But it would not be enough. Within 40 overs, Yea had got­ten across the line.

‘‘It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing,’’ Smith-Wil­liams said.

‘‘It was a tough game, but in the end we just couldn’t get the job done.’’

Last week’s rain wreaked havoc on Sat­ur­day’s reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion, with all A-grade and B-grade matches washed out, while just three C-grade games were played.

Win­ners: Fiona Tar­ran

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