A stirring victory for Tatura’s SJ Perry Shield D-grade side was built on the foundations of a breakthrough century from Xavier Hutchison.
Entering just his fourth senior match Hutchison, at the tender age of 14, compiled a dream innings.
Coming in at 2-49, Hutchison pushed through some early nerves to completely dominate proceedings, flaying Karramomus’ attack to all parts of Tatura Park.
With a few growth spurts left in him the bowlers continually towered above Hutchison, but it did not deter the future star, who managed to hit 13 boundaries throughout his knock of 102 not out.
It was a century that almost never was though, as with just two balls remaining Hutchison was trapped at the non-striker’s end and seemingly stranded on 98.
But Tyler Morritt was able to get his bat onto the penultimate delivery, looking up after his bottom-edged pull shot to see his partner almost within touching distance, such was the length Hutchison had backed up.
After taking a moment to compose himself, Hutchison did what he had been doing all day — middled the good length ball over mid on for a boundary and a maiden unbeaten ton.
The feat was made all the more amazing after considering that Hutchison had only once before reached 50 runs in his budding career.
Tatura’s total of 5-223 looked to be enough, but when Karramomus grafted its way to 2-152 with plenty of overs remaining it was game on.
Opening bowler James Collett (3-42) returned to the bowling crease and sparked a collapse of 7-39, with Barry Benjamin (2-39) and Will Pyke (2-36) helping their side eventually sneak home by just seven runs.
● Tatura is on the board in the 2017-18 Haisman Shield season.
Outstanding performances in the middle order set up Tatura’s 56-run victory over Karramomus at Vibert Reserve on Saturday.
Tatura skipper Tim Kelly won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first, as the team went on to crack 5-246.
Michael Archer (19) got a start, while fellow opener Tom Miller was dismissed cheaply.
But it was Kelly, off-season recruit Connor Hayes and Tom Dinnis who played brilliantly to swing the game in Tatura’s favour.
Kelly is as solid as a rock at No.3, hitting his third consecutive half-century to open the season to be averaging 67.7 with 203 runs.
His 75, along with Hayes’ 66, allowed Dinnis to come in and play his shots.
Kelly and Hayes’ 121-run third wicket stand was crucial, but Dinnis blazing 56 from 37 balls ensured Karramomus would be chasing a big total.
‘‘Connor batted well in the middle stages of the game and then Tom at the end was able to play his shots because the platform was there in the last seven or eight overs,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘He (Dinnis) hit some big balls and it got us up over 240 and it was probably more than expected at the start of the day.
‘‘It’s definitely great to get that first win, it gets the monkey off the back because they beat us twice last year so it’s good to get one back on them.’’
While Tatura was in a good position going into Karramomus’ innings, the work was far from done.
The Bloods have extraordinary depth in their batting, with captain Jason Ibbotson down the order at No.9 and he has regularly opened in past seasons.
Dinnis, Jayden Armstrong and Jess Petherick were on song with the ball from the start, getting rid of Adam Bovell, Rob Salter and Nathan Laffy in quick succession.
When Brocq Robertson was run-out for 22, the Bloods had collapsed to 4-41 and Tatura was well on its way to victory.
There was resistance from Stuart Turner at No.8, belting 58 at more than a run-a-ball, but it was too little, too late for Karramomus.
‘‘I was just really pleased with our bowlers and fielders, we didn’t drop a catch and Tom Vibert behind the stumps was exceptional,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘The challenge is to do it two weeks in a row and be consistent about how we do it, but this gives us a lot of confidence as a young team.’’
●Tatura can do no wrong in the Clyde Young Shield.
Its B-grade team is the only side left undefeated in the competition after yet another demolition job on Saturday, this time against Karramomus.
The Bloods won the toss and chose to bat, but would have almost instantly regretted that decision as Jarred Panther (4-22) and Louis Worm (4-27) wreaked havoc among the batting line-up.
Zavier Ballis chipped in with 2-13 to help bowl the home side out for 81 in the 28th over.
Regular wickets fell throughout the chase, but with Hamish Roberts (37 not out) again showcasing his batting talent Tatura was able to reel Karramomus in before the end of the 27th over.
●Tatura’s Jim McGregor Shield C-grade side remains winless after three matches, but again showed good signs in defeat.
Cade Dealy (2-31), Daniel Miller (2-40) and Bailey Archer (1-47) all took wickets as Tatura was forced to bowl first at Howley Oval, but it was not enough to rein in Karramomus.
The Bloods piled on 5-255 with the help of 44 extras to set an impressive total.
Tatura did all it could in the chase, with David Miller (89), Dealy (34) and Ben Harris (27 not out) leading the way, but ran out of overs to bat with the scoreboard reading 7-207.