Tatura eighth in Haisman Shield
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.