Starting on back foot

October 19, 2017

Tatura cricket coach Tim Kelly is not panicking after two consecutive losses.

Tatura has begun the Haisman Shield season with back-to-back losses, but it is not panic stations just yet for coach Tim Kelly.

‘‘It does put us on the back foot to start the season,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘In saying that, I do feel we have the quality in our side to match it with any team, but we just need to work on our fielding — to be honest, it wasn’t up to A-grade standard.’’

Despite posting a competitive total of 239 after winning the toss and taking first use of the Howley Oval pitch, thanks largely to Kelly (77), Connor Hayes (53) and Michael Archer (44), Old Students reeled in the total with five wickets and more than three overs to spare.

‘‘I feel sorry for our bowlers. They shouldn’t be ashamed of how they bowled, it is just that Old Students batted really well and we were slack in the field,’’ Kelly said.

Archer (2-49) and Kelly (3-42) were not only damaging with the bat, but the pair also took five wickets between them, with the latter hopeful more players would continue to step up.

‘‘We had a few contributors on Saturday. We probably just needed one of our top four batsmen to go on and make 100,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘Archer and Hayes batted really well, while our bowlers were let down by those in the field. We just were not proactive in the field.’’

●Tatura is perched atop the Clyde Young Shield B-grade ladder after the opening two rounds, defeating reigning premier Central Park-St Brendan’s by 35 runs on Saturday.

Tom Vibert hit a superb 80 while Hamish Roberts, in his first game for the club, compiled 44 runs to lead a fightback after the side had slumped to 2-12 and 3-33 following being sent in to bat by the Tigers at the toss.

Rajiv Singh chipped in with 21 after the 89-run partnership of Vibert and Roberts was broken to help the total to 6-196.

It proved plenty more than Tatura needed, with six bowlers taking wickets to ensure the Tigers could not establish a foothold at any time during the chase.

Terry Olney (3-25) led the charge, while Roberts (2-30) and Singh (2-16) showed off their all-round abilities.

● Tatura’s Jim McGregor Shield C-grade team suffered its second consecutive loss to start the season, but there was a myriad positive signs throughout the defeat.

After sending Euroa in to bat, Tatura had engineered a collapse of sorts to have the home side struggling at 7-90.

The fact that Euroa wriggled out of the iron clutches of the attack to manage a total of 181 would have been disappointing, but overall it was a great bowling effort.

Zishan Mohommad bowled magnificently for his 4-30, while teenager Bailey Archer (2-26) now has five wickets in two senior matches this season.

The entire attack was to be commended for bowling less extras, less boundary balls and creating more run-outs than last week.

The batting line-up found much more stability as well, with seven of the eight batsmen who strode to the crease passing double figures.

In the end the chase was too much, but rising stars Will Russell (19), Archer (19 not out) and Harry Murdoch (13 not out) showed the older heads how to get the job done.

● Tatura’s S.J. Perry Shield D-grade team took a liking to Howley Oval’s hard wicket against Dhurringile.

James Collett smashed 68 not out and was supported well by James Gerrish (50) and Will Pyke (33) on the way to compiling a total of 4-203 in 40 overs.

Collett used the momentum of his batting innings to follow up with the ball, taking 2-24 to set the tone for his teammates once more.

Barry Benjamin (2-13) and Troy Beecroft (2-42) joined in the fun as victory was secured by 35 runs.

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