Vic­tory against Euroa

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport -

Tatura brought up its third con­sec­u­tive win thanks to its lower or­der hang­ing tough to score­much-needed runs.

Host­ing Euroa, it was the Mag­pies that were marginally ahead early as its bowlers put in a con­sis­tent per­for­mance.

But while Tatura’s open­ers were not able to score an abun­dance of runs, Michael Archer and Caiden Pratt still saw off the new ball be­fore both were dis­missed and the side was at 2-47.

Euroa cap­i­talised in this pe­riod and quickly swept up four more wick­ets to have the home team at 5-59.

But there was fight left in Tim Kelly’s men and Josh Thurston led the resur­gence.

‘‘We were rapt with how we fought our way back into the game and Tom (Vib­ert) and JT had a really good part­ner­ship,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘Then we were 8-140 and in a bit of trou­ble, but Will Pyke and Jay­den Arm­strong put on 47 which changed the game in our favour and I’m rapt with how we bat so deep.

‘‘Hav­ing play­ers that can make runs down the or­der al­lows us to play our shots at the top and take the game on; we’re feel­ing pretty good at the mo­ment.’’

Tatura worked its way to a re­spectable 1-188, but aside from the early wicket of Ben Har­ri­son Euroa be­gan the in­nings strongly.

De­clan Red­fern and Sean Heme­ter were steady and set­tled in, but af­ter Red­fern ex­ited via a pearler from Jess Peth­er­ick, there was no saviour to lead the Mag­pies to vic­tory.

In near iden­ti­cal bowl­ing fig­ures to last week Archer took four wick­ets for 38 runs, clean­ing up the lowerorder.

‘‘He’s fly­ing at the mo­ment and bowl­ing really well, he’s just really hard to face and he’s got a deadly wrong-un and land­ing most balls and ask­ing ques­tions of the bat­ters ev­ery ball,’’ Kelly said.

But Kelly said Euroa had posed a size­able chal­lenge af­ter bat­ting out the full 45 overs for a to­tal of 9-158.

‘‘There are no easy games in this comp across the board; Euroa pretty much had us on toast at 5-50 and we were in a lot of trou­ble,’’ he said.

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