Tatura’s Haisman Shield side failed to get going with the bat, chasing Central Park-St Brendans’ total of 9-198 on Saturday and eventually falling to a 47-run defeat.
Tatura’s bowling attack had leaked 32 extras with the ball in the first innings of the match, and despite Tom Dinnis (2-29), Jayden Armstrong (2-35), Connor Hayes (2-33) and coach Tim Kelly (2-34) each taking a pair of wickets, it proved costly in the end.
‘‘I thought our opening bowlers did a great job, but we let them get away again with extras and dropped catches late,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘Jayden Armstrong is having a real purple patch with the ball though, and we think he’s one of the best bowlers in the competition at the moment.’’
Caiden Pratt dug in at the top of Tatura’s batting order with 22 from 81 deliveries, while Dinnis smashed 20 runs from 13 balls to try and lift his side home late in the innings. But in the end the Tigers were simply too tight with the ball and in the field and rolled the away side for 151.
‘‘They (the Tigers) bowled really well and made us throw our wickets away because the run rate was getting too high,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘We couldn’t manipulate their field to the spinners at all.
‘‘The season is at a critical point now. We’ve got to start putting games together or it will get away from us pretty quickly.’’
●Tatura’s Clyde Young Shield campaign remains unblemished after it dominated Old Students at Howley Oval.
Peter Watt wound back the clock with a scintillating century, smashing 131 of Tatura’s total of 6-228.
Heath Fidock (33) and Hamish Roberts (22) chipped in to help the score past 200, with the Students never looking likely in the chase and slumping to all out for 131.
Terry Olney (3-19) and Fidock (2-25) did the damage with the ball to help their side to its fifth win from as many outings.
●Tatura tasted Jim McGregor Shield success for the first time this season with a resounding seven-wicket win against Dookie.
James Collett had to wait until six team-mates had tried their hand with the ball before he got it into his eager clutches, but he certainly made the most of it with figures of 5-15 from six overs.
The spell included three maidens as Collett ran through Dookie’s middle order to restrict the away side to 9-133 at Tatura Park.
Dave Miller then carried his bat through the chase with a strong innings of 66 not out, combining well with captain Simon Russell (28) to steer Tatura to 3-135 in 34 overs.
●Tatura’s S.J. Perry Shield team is holding on to its place in the top six by the skin of its teeth after losing a second consecutive match on Saturday.
The Shepparton United outfit which lined up at Howley Oval hard wicket boasted a two-time Lightfoot medallist in Mick Lewis, but the home side bowled well to dismiss its opponent for 141.
Josh Stephens (3-23) and Barry Benjamin (3-27) took the lion’s share of the spoils, with the latter now equal second for wickets taken in the competition.
Will Russell (38) anchored the chase, but with regular wickets falling around him he was found short of his crease trying to up the tempo late in the innings.
Andrew Ferguson (17) was among four other team-mates to reach double figures, but in the end a score of 118 was simply not enough for victory.
●This round’s team of the week includes one A-grade player, three each from B-grade and C-grade and four from D-grade.
Team of the week
Peter Watt (131)
Dave Miller (66 not out)
Simon Russell (28)
Will Russell (38)
Tom Dinnis (20 and 2-29)
Heath Fidock (33 and 2-25)
Daniel Maher WK (13 and four catches)
James Collett (5-15)
Terry Olney (3-19)
Josh Stephens (15 and 3-23)
Berry Benjamin (3-27)