Lak­ers dom­i­nate in Hais­man Shield tus­sle

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - Alex Mitchell

Tatura could not over­come the jug­ger­naut of Nagam­bie Lak­ers dur­ing Satur­day’s Hais­man Shield clash.

The match saw an­other dom­i­nant per­for­mance from Nagam­bie cap­tain Mark Nolan who proved un­stop­pable with the ball, help­ing him­self to 6-32 to skit­tle Tatura for 140 as the Lak­ers con­tin­ued to per­form as one of the com­pe­ti­tion’s true con­tenders.

In min­utes, Tatura was in a world of trou­ble af­ter Michael Archer and Mat Corn­wall fell with the score at just two, with cap­tain Tim Kelly join­ing them back in the sheds at 3-13.

Jay­den Arm­strong led the re­sis­tance with 58 and found help down the order, but Nolan knew his side ended the day well-po­si­tioned.

‘‘It was a pretty good all­round per­for­mance with the ball; we let them get away a bit at the end, but to hold them to 140 was good and we’re pretty happy with it,’’ Nolan said.

‘‘We just bowled tight all day and built pres­sure; in the end they played a cou­ple of false shots and we were able to take our chances.’’

At 7-55, Tatura faced a gen­uine cri­sis while Nolan and his side were lick­ing their lips at the thought of keep­ing the to­tal to less than 100, be­fore late con­tri­bu­tions from teens Raj Singh (18 runs), Blake Arm­strong (11) and Bai­ley Archer (eight not out) helped the side nearly bat out the 80 overs.

‘‘We were hop­ing to get them for a few less at that stage, but they put on a re­ally good part­ner­ship be­fore tea,’’ Nolan said.

‘‘They were re­ally hot con­di­tions and we strug­gled a bit in the lead-up to tea, but af­ter the break we picked it up again and got the rest.’’

Tatura’s Kelly — en­cour­aged by his young play­ers’ fight — said Arm­strong’s strong half­cen­tury had kept his side in with some sort of win­ning chance.

‘‘It’s not as many runs as we would have liked; we were in real trou­ble there for the first half-an-hour,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘I was re­ally happy with how we al­most bat­ted out the overs; a few of our younger guys stood up, it was a re­ally gutsy ef­fort.

‘‘Jay­den was in in­side three overs; he’s been pro­moted up the order af­ter mak­ing a few runs fur­ther down. He took that op­por­tu­nity with both hands; it was his first half­cen­tury in A-grade and we were rapt with how he went; he shows plenty of prom­ise with the bat.’’

Kelly said early wick­ets — par­tic­u­larly that of Nolan — would be a must should his side pull off an up­set on day two.

Above: Tatura’s Jay­den Arm­strong led the re­sis­tance with 58 against Nagam­bie at How­ley Oval.Right:

Tatura’s Jess Peth­er­ick looks to cream one through the off-side. Pic­tures: Rod­neyBraith­waite

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