Tatura A -grade finished cricket before the Christmas break on a high note with a convincing win against Shepparton United, and with Connor Hayes completing an impressive century.
At Howley Oval Shepparton United won the toss and batted on a pitch that proved to be fast with good bounce, but which also rewarded good cricket shots. The visitors were soon in trouble against a hostile Tatura fast bowling attack.
Jess Petherick and Tom Dinnis had the visitors on the back foot at 3-24. The fast bowlers received good support from the off-spin of Hayes and at no stage was the batting able to dominate the bowling. Shepparton United was finally dismissed for 154, a well below par score at Howley Oval.
Dinnis provided one of the fastest displays of bowling at Howley Oval for some time and finished with 4-33 from 19 overs. Petherick claimed 2-34, Hayes had 3-38 and Jayden Armstrong chipped in with 1-33.
Tatura was off to a shaky start and at stumps on the first day was just ahead on 2-21, but with the fragility exhibited by the middle order this season, it still with a lot of work to do.
On the resumption of play Tim Kelly fell for 16 and Matt Cornwall, after a lengthy stay, went for 19, leaving Tatura 4-103.
Hayes was batting confidently at one end but two more wickets fell cheaply, leaving the home side 6-132, still 22 runs in arrears.
Hayes and Tom Casey took Tatura past the visitors’ score before Casey was out for seven at which time Petherick joined Hayes and the two young players put Tatura well ahead of the visitors.
Hayes batted superbly, playing shots to all areas of the ground and finished with 131 after completing a partnership of 48 with Petherick.
Petherick and the youngest member of the team, Jayden Armstrong, took Tatura’s total to 287 when Petherick was out for 45 leaving Armstrong not out on 25.
Hayes had a stand-out match with his century and three wickets, with Petherick also producing a good all-round performance with 45 and two wickets.
It was an impressive win with the honours going to the young members of the team. Tatura is now only three points outside the top six and will return after Christmas break still in the mix for a final’s birth.
At Tatura Park, Tatura and Mooroopna did battle for the top spot on the premiership ladder. The visitors won the toss and batted, and were soon in trouble at 6-55 due to some fine bowling by Lou Worm and Terry Olney.
Brendan Sleeth came to the crease, contributing a hard-hitting 96 and enabling Mooroopna to finish with a competitive score of 240.
Worm took 3-50, Olney 3-54, Raj Singh 2-42 and Peter Watt 1-23.
The Tatura innings started shakily with captain Glenn Walker run out for 14, which brought Watt to the crease. When Paul Mahoney was out for 14 with the score at 47, Watt was joined by Hamish Roberts and together they produced a partnership of 134.
Roberts was out for 70. The evergreen Watt batted on to make 87 but did not get sufficient support from the remaining batsmen to overtake the opposition.
Tatura was finally dismissed for 222, 18 runs short of the opposition.
Tatura is second on the premiership ladder.
Tatura, at home to Old Students at Howley Oval 2, made a solid start after winning the toss and batting.
David Miller contributed 36, Rohan Forster 41, Dan Miller 23, and Simon Russell 15, which enabled Tatura to reach 9-188. Then the fireworks started.
James Collett joined Graham Ballis, who had come in at the fall of the second wicket, and together they flayed the bowling to all parts of the park. In the end their partnership of 132, which may be an all-time 10th wicket record for a Tatura team, enabled the team to finish at 320.
Ballis, a repeat centurion, remained not out on 119, and Collett contributed 60.
The Tatura total was demoralising for Old Students when batting and it was dismissed in its first innings for 97.
For Tatura Bailey Archer took 3-20, Dan Miller 2-22, and Justin Connors 2-22.
Required to follow on, Old Students was 6-189 at stumps, leaving Tatura just short of an outright victory but a convincing winner on the first innings.
Dan Miller took 2-37, Harry Singh 2-26 and Forster 1-12.
Tatura, playing Mooroopna in Mooroopna, sent the home side in after winning the toss.
Mooroopna made 156 after some tight bowling by Tatura with only three batsmen reaching double figures.
For Tatura, Chris Barclay took 4-22, Matty James 3-8, Dan Maher 1-28 and Josh Stephens 1-30.
In reply Tatura could only manage 92 to be well beaten.
Young Xavier Hutchison was the standout with 33, Stephens made 17 and Jonah Vraca 12.
Tatura played Shepparton United at Howley Oval, and sent the visitors in to bat after winning the toss.
The Shepparton United batsmen proved to be no match for the Tatura bowlers, who dismissed the opposition for 109, of which 27 were extras.
Harry Trevaskis took 1-8, Blake Armstrong 3-10, Sean McAllister 2-8, Tyler Morritt 2-8 and Harry Murdoch 2-14.
In reply Tatura was untroubled to finish at 2-190 to win convincingly.
Tatura is three points clear at the top of the premiership table.
Tatura was at home to Shepparton United at Howley Oval 2. The visitors won the toss and batted but found the going hard against the Tatura bowlers. They were dismissed for 128, of which 37 were extras.
Jai Bailey took 3-13, Cameron O’Connell 1-22, Christian Mandardoni 1-6, Ben Andonoudis 2-17, and Mitchell Rowney impressed with 2-1.
In reply the Tatura bats made an impressive 8-215.
Jacob Phillingham made 26, Bailey 14, Cameron King 34, Zac Langlands 30, Robbie Fitzgerald 19, Rowney 35, and Kade Walker 15 not out.
Tatura is second on the premiership ladder with equal points to the top team.
Playing at Katandra, Tatura was too strong, finishing at 6-135 in reply to Katandra’s 6-113.
For Tatura, Jonah Saddlier, James Downie and Mason Reeves each took a wicket, and Fraser Fidock took two.