Team falls short
Unable to produce a run tally to challenge victors
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