After an early bump in the road, Tatura has created a competitive total against a red-hot Old Students.
After a reasonable month with the bat, Tatura opener Caiden Pratt was clean bowled by Tyson McKenzie for a duck.
McKenzie wasted no time when back on the pitch in his first A-grade match this season, also gathering the wicket of Tatura captain Tim Kelly for 21.
The loss of Kelly caused a slip for his side with opener Michael Archer on his way for 17 runs shortly after.
That was not the end of the carnage and Mathew Cornwall lost his wicket early in his own innings, but Jess Petherick produced the most important innings of his year to put his side back on track.
In adding 22 runs, he brought some control back to the side along with Tom Vibert, who produced a solid 28.
Kelly said he was again rapt his side managed to turn the game around after losing Pratt.
‘‘Once again we proved our batting depth and that we can make runs all the way down the order, I’m happy with the way we made partnerships as the day progressed,’’ Kelly said.
It was Josh Thurston who steered the side to its total of 218 with 69 of his own as contributions came from the rest of the lower order.
‘‘He was super for us, he really added a lot to our middle order and had a really consistent, really mature innings,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘The thing about Josh was that he batted well with our younger boys.
‘‘Nick Watt is only 16 and he put on 40 with him and Jayden Armstrong is another one of our young kids.’’
Armstrong contributed 16 to the total and Watt 15, while Students bowler Tim Looby returned three wickets from his 15 overs, with McKenzie and Felix Odell each taking two.
While Kelly said he would have liked to defend a total of 250; he backed in his side to put in a favourable effort on day two.