Tatura eighth in Hais­man Shield

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport -

Tatura was knocked off in a crunch match against Old Stu­dents at the week­end, en­sur­ing the Shep­par­ton side will start next year in the Hais­man Shield top six.

Only the North­ern­ers tak­ing an out­right win against Kar­ramo­mus in the last round of Cricket Shep­par­ton ac­tion be­fore Christ­mas would re­sult in Old Stu­dents — which have a guar­an­teed six points com­ing from a bye next round— be­ing dis­placed.

The Stu­dents and Tatura met in a con­test that was worth more than the six points on of­fer, and Luke McPhillamy’s side pre­vailed.

A no­table ef­fort from Tatura’s lower or­der set its op­po­si­tion the task of reach­ing 219 for vic­tory at How­ley Oval and, bar an early hic­cup, the away side al­ways seemed des­tined for the points.

Af­ter con­tribut­ing 19, Nick Bres­lin was dis­missed and Joel Bunce fol­lowed shortly af­ter.

But that mo­ment marked the be­gin­ning of a 149-run part­ner­ship be­tween Felix Odell and Har­winder Singh.

Odell nearly se­cured a re­mark­able third cen­tury this sea­son, but fell seven runs short.

Re­gard­less, his knock of 93 runs to go along­side two wick­ets in the first in­nings stakes Odell’s claim as one of the pre-Christ­mas favourites for the Light­foot Medal.

Singh went out

briefly be­fore Odell, but stal­wart Gino Sara­cino stepped up to guide his team past the to­tal and beyond.

Sara­cino con­tin­ued a con­sis­tent year with a knock of 76, sen­sa­tion­ally send­ing three balls over the rope for six.

Tim Looby backed up three wick­ets last week with a solid 26 and the Stu­dents piled on 312 be­fore be­ing dis­missed in the 73rd over.

Tatura’s Jess Peth­er­ick was re­spon­si­ble for pick­ing up the wick­ets of the open­ers, while young tal­ent Blake Arm­strong added four wick­ets to a fan­tas­tic year across Hais­man Shield and un­der-16 cricket.

Tatura is six points be­hind Old Stu­dents in eighth po­si­tion, with Mooroopna the fi­nal side it will face this year.

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