United on top

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Tyler Ma­her

Shep­par­ton United has claimed host­ing rights for Cricket Shep­par­ton’s A-grade one­day fi­nal af­ter fin­ish­ing on top of the ta­ble.

United has taken the Haisman Shield by storm to start the sea­son — los­ing just one match across its first six matches — and con­tin­ued its great form with a 35-run win against Tatura at the week­end.

Most of United’s top or­der got a start with the bat — in­clud­ing Chris Ren­d­ina (32) and Hugh Con­way (29) — but none was able to go on and get a big score.

It left the likes of Matt Bar­clay (22 not out) and Ethan McLaren (13 not out) to steer the home side to 9-169 at Princess Park with an un­beaten 10th-wicket part­ner­ship of 29.

‘‘It was a funny sort of a day, five or six of our top seven got to 15 (at least), so it was dis­ap­point­ing that no-one went on with it,’’ United cap­tain Dwain Vi­dler said.

‘‘It was good that the blokes at the end, who haven’t had much of a bat this year, were able to put on 30-odd for the last wicket and get us up to a good score.’’

Aside from a big sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship be­tween Tatura’s Caiden Pratt (37) and stand-in skip­per Michael Archer (41), United’s bowlers were able to put the squeeze on the vis­i­tors and dis­miss them for 134 in the fi­nal over of the match.

‘‘A cou­ple of good run outs fromSam Nash and Sam Ker­shaw re­ally kick-started it for us and then we had a few leg­gies who bowled well to their younger bats at the end,’’ Vi­dler said.

‘‘I’m def­i­nitely re­ally happy with the way we’ve gone about it, it’s been a good start.

‘‘Hope­fully we can keep do­ing what we’re do­ing.

‘‘We al­ways said that you play half of the sea­son’s games in the first six weeks, so it was im­por­tant to start well, and be­ing on top is a great start.’’

Steven Tate (3-21), Bar­clay (2-12) and Ker­shaw (2-19) turned the screws for United with the ball to help se­cure the win.

For Tatura, A-grade debu­tant Jarred Pan­ther show­cased his tal­ents with 3-22 from nine overs to go with his 13 B-grade wick­ets in three matches to start the sea­son.

Fel­low first-gamer Nick Watt was im­pres­sive un­der pressure late in the day, fin­ish­ing un­beaten on 16, while Blake Arm­strong (2-17) also con­trib­uted heav­ily in the de­feat.

Gone: Shep­par­ton’s Travis Gillin walks af­ter be­ing caught by Tatura’s Nick Watt as Tatura bowler Jay­den Arm­strong calls out.

Ac­cu­rate: Tatura A-grade debu­tant Jarred Pan­ther show­cased his tal­ents with 3-22 from nine wick­ets.

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