Upset defeat For Toolamba as Tatura wins Shield semi-final

By Aydin Payne

A five-wicket haul from Greg Watts could not help Toolamba avoid an upset defeat against Tatura in its Jim McGregor Shield semi-final.

The clash between first and sixth was dominated by Tatura’s Glenn Walker with the bat and Toolamba’s Watts with the ball, picking up figures of 5-57.

Winning the toss and batting first, Walker top-scored with 54 and Rohan Forster chipped in with 41 as Tatura posted 179.

Toolamba was unable to fire in the run chase, as Justin Dimond was left to play a lone hand — top-scoring with 39 as his side was all out for 144.

In the other semi-final action, Pine Lodge recorded a hefty win against Murchison, as Devinder Singh collected brilliant figures of 5-17 from eight overs.

The Lodgers dismissed Murchison for 81 from 40 overs, as Ray Young (18) and Dylan Rowney (14) tried to weather the storm from Singh’s bowling performance.

Pine Lodge started in fine fashion with Steven Van Taarling making a steady 37 off 85 deliveries and he had support from opener Hayden Cann (29) and Gurinder Singh (21).

The Murchison bowlers tried effortlessly to contain their opposition batsmen, and David Marsters (4-27) and Darryn Rowney (2-22) performed brilliantly with the ball as Pine Lodge finished the day on 169.

At Mooroopna Main Oval, Mooroopna bounced Nagambie out of finals after the latter was unable to chase down 213.

The Cats won the toss and batted, with opening pair Richard Marsters (11) and Joshua Catalano (22) getting their side off to a stable start.

Damon Zampaglione top-scored with 67 at number nine and Jeff Vandermeer provided a 34-run cameo late in the piece as Mooroopna finished at 213 from 67 overs.

Darren Brown was superb with the ball for Nagambie, picking up 5-35, and was a shining light in defeat for the Lakers.

The Lakers could not kick into gear as Blair Taylor-Lloyd top-scored with 37 and Mooroopna’s Ryan Neil (2-15) and Vandermeer (3-23) ended the season for Nagambie as it was bowled out for 130.