Tatura’s Haisman Shield side almost pulled off a great escape on Saturday against premiership favourite Katandra.
The home side was staring down the barrel of a huge defeat when it fell to 5-34 after selecting to bat first, but a rear-guard action from Tom Miller (56), Matt Cornwall (24) and Jess Petherick (32 not out) helped the outfit to a respectable 168.
Despite a Herculean effort from import Tom Dinnis with the ball (4-32) it proved to be just not enough, with the Eagles reaching 8-169 in the 43rd over.
Tatura coach Tim Kelly said his team would take plenty of positives away from the match, despite going down.
‘‘They’re (Katandra) a great side and we did match it with them for most of the day and that’s good for our young group to get that bit of belief,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘I thought we were pretty happy with how we got back in the game, considering we were 5-30 and Tom Miller and Matt Cornwall batted so well together and then Jess Petherick was able to get us up to near 170.
‘‘We looked like we might pinch it at one stage, but Katandra just played the last five or six overs well and they had a bit more experience.’’
●Tatura’s Clyde Young Shield warriors tasted defeat for the first time this season, going down to Kyabram in a low-scoring affair.
Peter Watt continued his great form with the bat by striking 41, while Caiden Pratt (31) and Sean McAllister (21) also contributed well.
But a combined total of two runs from the last five batsmen saw a promising innings stumble to all out for 150.
Louis Worm (3-27) and Terry Olney (2-30) tried their hardest to defend the score, but Kyabram was able to win the match with five overs and three wickets in hand.
● With its Jim McGregor Shield team having a bye, Tatura’s S.J. Perry Shield side was the final outfit to take the field on Saturday.
Kyabram’s bowling attack proved too deadly for the young line-up though, with the home side falling to just 66 all out.
Will Russell was again a strong anchor for the innings with 20 runs, while Tyler Morritt (13) and Tyler Maher (12) dug in for a long period of time at the crease, but all three were undone trying to lift the scoring rate.
Russell then took three wickets with the ball to give his side a glimmer of hope, but the Redbacks had too much firepower and ended the contest in the 14th over.