History repeated itself at Howley Oval on Saturday for Tatura’s Haisman Shield team.
Last time Kyabram travelled to Tatura it fell to 6-31 before staging a remarkable comeback to chase down the home side’s total of 213.
It was a similar story this time around, with the Redbacks slumping to 6-78 and 8-117 before claiming a hard-fought victory in the second-last over of the match, with captain Alec Young bringing up a half-century with his fourth boundary to seal the triumph.
Earlier, Tatura had compiled a solid total of 8-198 from its 45 overs, with coach Tim Kelly again in fine form with 58 — his fourth half-century in as many matches this season.
Tom Miller (39) and Michael Archer (24) were also among the run-scorers after Tatura was sent in to bat, while Kyle Mueller (2-32) was the only bowler from the away side to snare multiple wickets.
Jayden Armstrong (5-40) and Tom Dinnis (2-39) ripped through the Redbacks’ top order, but Young expertly worked with his tail, including Charlie McLay (25), to steer his side over the line.
‘‘I was a bit disappointed after the game but as you think about it more, we did play really good cricket,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘If we had got 10 or 15 more runs we would be up and about and happy about where we’re at, so we just have to take the positives out of it.
‘‘I think our top order just got bogged down a bit but we all contributed — (Kyabram) were just a better team on the day.
‘‘In a tight competition like this you don’t get handed games to you just because you had a good start.’’
Tatura remains eighth on the Haisman Shield ladder, but is comfortably second on the runs scored table with 809 — 100 runs ahead of Kyabram (709) and 18 behind seventh-placed Old Students.
The Redbacks have now won three of their four matches, a fact not lost on Hart.
●Tatura continues to completely dominate the Clyde Young Shield competition.
Its B-grade side is the only team to take every wicket on offer in the first four rounds (40), streets ahead of the next best (33), and remains a game clear on top of the table after defeating Numurkah by 15 runs on Saturday.
Hamish Roberts again led the way as Tatura batted first at the Numurkah Showgrounds, slashing 58 not out from 71 deliveries to steer his side to 7-148 from its 45 overs.
Terry Olney (3-12) and Peter Watt (3-13) made sure the Blues did not spoil the party with great spells from the bowling crease.
●Tatura was less than 20 minutes from salvaging a draw in its Jim McGregor Shield C-grade clash at the weekend, but could not hang on until the heavens opened up.
Central Park-St Brendan’s rattled Tatura for just 71 after the latter had chosen to bat first, with openers Simon Russell (19) and Cade Dealy (10) offering the only resistance of any substance.
The Tigers motored in the chase as the clouds began to close in, with Daniel Miller (1-12) taking the only wicket to fall.
●Tatura struggled to accelerate during its batting innings in the S.J. Perry Shield D-grade competition.
Nick Watt (35 not out) played an anchor role as wickets fell in clumps around him, with James Gerrish (14) and Troy Beecroft (11) the only other players to reach double figures in the total of 9-99.
The young side never gave up though, with Tyler Maher (3-33) and Barry Benjamin (3-34) dismissing Euroa’s top order before the Magpies eventually reached the target with four wickets in hand.
●The cricket club has introduced a team of the week after round four which will continue for the rest of the season.
Five batsmen, four bowlers and one all-rounder and wicketkeeper will be picked on that weekend’s results from any grade, giving recognition for those who have a day out on the field.
The first Tatura team of the week includes five A-grade players and three each from B-grade and D-grade.
Team of the week
Michael Archer (23)
Tim Kelly (58)
Nick Watt (35 not out)
Hamish Roberts (58 not out)
Tom Miller (39)
Peter Watt (22, 3-13)
Tom Vibert WK (12 not out)
Jayden Armstrong (5-40)
Terry Olney (3-12)
Tyler Maher (3-33)
Barry Benjamin (3-34)