Tatura scores victory in Haisman Shield season
Tatura has broken through for its first victory of the Haisman Shield season on the back of a number of stellar performances against Northerners.
With the bat, captain-coach Tim Kelly (72) and returning star Josh Thurston (61 not out) did the bulk of the scoring, while tearaway young quick Jayden Armstrong (4-41) ripped through the Jets with the ball— bowling against a strong breeze — to help secure Tatura’s victory.
Kelly won the toss and chose to bat at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve, but after his side fell to 2-8 it was up to him to turn its fortunes around.
Mathew Cornwall (21) helped set the platform for the rebuild before Thurston — in his first game back in the Cricket Shepparton ranks after a stint in Bendigo— compiled his unbeaten 61 alongside Kelly to steer Tatura to 5-186 from 45 overs.
Zane Newbound (2-42) got the early breakthroughs for the Jets before Mitch Brett (2-27) continued his great start to the season with the ball.
‘‘It was a massive relief, if we lost that yesterday we were three games behind, but we’re right back in the pack now,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘It’s great for our confidence. ‘‘Corny has had a really consistent start and it was a pretty gritty 20. Then JT came in with about 15 overs left and was hitting them very cleanly.
‘‘The best thing about (Saturday) was that everyone contributed with the bat, ball or in the field.’’
The Northerners started solidly in the chase, but a collapse of 6-31 — engineered by Armstrong and Jess Petherick (2-25) — left the home side reeling at 6-51.
Joel Brett (58) and Trent Sidebottom (40) sent some nerves through the Tatura camp with an 80-run stand for the seventh wicket, but Michael Archer (2-24) started another collapse of 4-16 to have the Jets all-out for 147.
‘‘I was still happy with 186,’’ Jets captain Mitch Brett said.
‘‘They got away from us in the end which was a little bit disappointing, but I thought 186 was definitely chaseable.
‘‘In terms of our batting, we had two blokes who made over 12 and you’re never going to win too many games doing that. You can’t rely on two blokes to win you a game.
‘‘They bowled well and in good areas and didn’t give us a lot to work with.
‘‘We’re still 2-1, so there’s still positives to take out of it, Hutchy (Grant Hutchins) bowling nine overs for three runs was one for sure.’’
Tatura enjoyed its first win of the season by cruising past Northerners with Bailey Archer instrumental as he ended with figures of 4-28.
While Archer ensured the middle and lower order would not increase the margin, team mate Jarred Panther kept the top order in check with figures of 3-15 from nine overs.
Shane Lines was the Jets’ best batsman with 33 runs including seven boundaries as his side posted 111 runs.
Peter and Nick Watt each scored six fours and combined for 69 runs as Tatura surpassed its opposition’s total in 27 overs.
Tatura’s contest with Pine Lodge in the Jim McGregor Shield was never going be called off due to inclement weather. There was simply no time.
The Lodgers kept Tatura to just 67 runs and James Nugent was on fire as he took four wickets for 15 runs, completely dismantling the lower order.
Pine Lodge needed just four bowlers to take on Tatura as the remaining trio of Travis Waters, Sam Hayes and Devinder Singh each claimed two wickets to keep their opposition to 67.
Only 12 overs were needed for Pine Lodge to win the match and Hayden Cann took charge with a knock of 60 runs, making him the key man in the chase.
Jimmy Pyke (24) showed resistance for Tatura with the bat, while John Kealey and Harry Singh took a wicket each.
Shepparton United cruised to a comfortable win against Tatura after an early struggle with the ball.
Tatura was on top after winning the toss and batting at 0-62, with Peter Trevaskis (31) and Darryl Phillingham (21) in form.
But the side would proceed to lose 10 wickets for 52 to be all out for 114; opening bowler Harrison Walsh doing most of the damage with 4-12.
The chase proved smooth sailing as Russell Jarrett (64 not out) and TomAshdown (28 not out) were on fire.
In the junior ranks, Jacob Phillingham (3-5) and Cooper Daniels (2-7) helped Tatura to a win against Euroa in the under-16 B-grade competition.
Jai Bailey (2-0 and 20 retired not out), Jaiden Benjamin (2-3) and Kade Walker (23 retired not out) did all the damage for Tatura in the under-14 B-grade division as the side defeated Nagambie.
Finding form: Tatura captain-coach Tim Kelly hit 72 runs to steer his side to victory on Saturday.