Haisman hope Tatura on a mission to make shield finals

February 13, 2018

Tatura's Tom Dinnis appeals to the umpire after another solid delivery.

Invergordon's Harley Green smashes a ball into the leg side.

Tatura captain Daniel Maher hits his delivery stride as Invergordon's Harley Green watches on.

Invergordon's Daniel Bowles makes his ground as Tatura wicketkeeper Harry Murdoch watches on.

James Gerrish claims a catch for Tatura despite losing sight of the ball.

Tatura's Jess Petherick starred against Karramomus, snaring four wickets for his efforts.

Tatura remains in limbo as to whether it will play Haisman Shield finals this year.

The fate of Tim Kelly and his players remains in their hands, with Mooroopna also gunning for sixth.

But Tatura has ticked off the first of its missions after cleaning up Karramomus.

On a busy day for Tatura’s bowlers, they bowled out the Bloods for 176 before enforcing the follow on.

In the first of Karramomus’ innings, the Bloods produced an admirable display with Brocq Robertson trying to replicate its opposition’s start the previous week.

After Michael Archer and Caiden Pratt steered Tatura’s innings on day one, Robertson looked to do the same.

He scored 49 off as many balls before Archer stepped in to ensure Robertson would not go on and surpass his 79 last week.

Wickets fell in spurts for Karramomus, most notably as Luke Forge, Satwinder Singh and Tristen Murray were all dismissed in a row at a crucial time, effectively ending their hopes of chasing Tatura’s 281.

Michael Mandaradoni kept toiling away at the crease for his 52, before being the penultimate batsman to fall with the Bloods all out for 176.

The resolve of Karramomus meant Tatura had to produce its best.

‘‘We were pretty happy to make 280 and take 19 wickets, but the game was a lot closer than the scoreboard looked,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘At one stage they needed three an over with plenty of wickets in hand before a late collapse.

‘‘Brocq Robertson and Mandaradoni put plenty of pressure on how we bowled and fielded.’’

Jess Petherick took four wickets, while Archer (3-30) and Jayden Armstrong (2-36) took care of some dangerous players.

Armstrong returned hungry for more scalps when the follow on was enforced, putting in a phenomenal performance to take 5-44 off just eight overs.

‘‘He’s a smart cricketer. He’s only 18 years of age, but bowled good areas all day,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘His first spell went for a few runs early, but he didn’t drop his head and showed a lot of leadership.’’

Karramomus made 9-128 in its second turn at batting for the day, with Robertson again the highlight as he quickly marched to 64.

But Archer again put an end to the lively batsman’s innings.

‘‘He had a standout game ... he was dangerous with the ball and looked like taking wickets every over,’’ Kelly said.

Kelly was pleased with his whole side’s intent on day two.

As it approaches a final round match-up with Kyabram, Tatura stayed out in the field until 6pm on Saturday to gather any advantage.

‘‘Every wicket was percentage for us and we’re only in (the top six) on percentage, so we had to try and take as many wickets as we could,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘It’s a long day out there in the field and fitness does come into it in the last two hours or so, so it’ll do us a lot of good.’’

● Consistency from Tatura’s top order allowed it to claim another Clyde Young Shield victory at the weekend.

The B-grade team reached the required runs with four wickets in hand thanks to the first five batsmen getting a start, with Tom Casey’s 52 and Rajiv Singh’s 30 the highlights.

Unlike it’s A-grade counterpart, the B-grade side is now guaranteed to play finals with one round remaining in the regular season — but is still mathematically able to finish anywhere from first to sixth.

● Dan Miller, take a bow.

The Tatura bowler could not have been any more dominant with the ball, earning a double hat-trick at Vibert Reserve.

With his side going up against Karramomus in Cricket Shepparton C-grade, Miller clocked up the wickets as Tatura recorded a magnificent victory.

Miller began by collecting Andrew Shields, Cooper Delahey, Vinoth Kumar and Inder Singh in four consecutive balls to the delight of his team-mates.

Not only did Tatura players celebrate Miller’s remarkable feat, but also his demolition of the Bloods’ top order with Tatura looking to defend 282.

Karramomus never neared the total as Miller struck again.

Miller removed Gurwinder Singh and Anthony Kerr to completed his six-pack of wickets.

Miller’s final figures were 6-21 off 11 overs as he reflected Tatura’s positive start with the bat.

Graham Ballis scored 81 and David Miller piled on 71 at the top of the order in a one-sided victory.

The victory has kept Tatura within range of a finals appearance as it trails sixth-placed Old Students by a win.

● Eight runs.

That was all Tatura’s D-grade side needed for a remarkable reverse-outright victory over ladder-leader Invergordon.

The initial script of ‘Howley Oval’s Great Escape’ had already been printed and addressed to Hollywood movie executives before Invergordon lifted itself from the canvas just in time late on day two of proceedings.

Earlier the top side had completed a comprehensive first-innings win, but Tatura speedsters Chris Barclay (3-41), Sean Martin (2-8) and captain Daniel Maher (2-30) did enough to restrict the visitors to a 163-run lead after its second dig.

With Barclay and Maher both scoring 19 at the top of the order, the platform was laid for Martin (44) and Jonah Vraca (33) to steer Tatura towards an unlikely triumph.

But once Invergordon broke through to the tail the end came quickly.

The young Tatura team will take plenty of confidence out of the performance though — and none more so than first-year player Vraca, with his previous top score an innings of 12.

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