No batting blues in run chase

January 16, 2017

Captain Liam Gledhill top scored with 74.

Numurkah upset Shepparton United in its round-nine Haisman Shield match, chasing down the 237 set last week to consolidate its spot in sixth on the ladder.

United threw everything it had at the Blues, using 10 bowlers (eight of which bowled four overs or more), but it was not enough with Numurkah posting 6-263 to take the crucial points.

It was a team batting display from the Blues, with captain Liam Gledhill top scoring with 74 and Tim Arnel (70) and Jack Furnival (65) also scoring half centuries.

‘‘We were quietly confident of chasing the runs down, despite being underdogs,’’ Gledhill said.

‘‘We knew we had to bat time and it worked well, we knuckled down after every wicket and made sure we had a set batsman in at all times.’’

Gledhill said concentration was the key to dulling the Shepparton United attack.

‘‘We didn’t lose wickets in clumps, which didn’t allow them to get on top of us at any stage,’’ Gledhill said.

United captain Chris Rendina lamented his side’s inability to capitalise on chances that were created.

‘‘I thought the bowlers toiled well all day, we put a few chances down at crucial times and when you’re 40 or 50 short with the bat, you can’t afford to do that,’’ Rendina said.

He also thought the wicket was flat enough for batsmen to get in and stay in.

‘‘It was a good wicket to bat on, but every time we did break through we would put another chance down and the batter would be set again,’’ Rendina said.

Numurkah is six points clear in sixth position on the ladder, while United has dropped to fourth with only a two-point buffer to Katandra in fifth.


Shepparton United 237 (Dwain Vidler 101, Anthony Andronaco 26, Chris Rendina 25 not out) defeated by Numurkah 6-263 (Liam Gledhill 74, Tim Arnel 70, Jack Furnival 65)


Liam Gledhill (Numurkah): The Blues’ captain led from the front in his team’s chase, top scoring with 74 in an upset that solidifies Numurkah’s place in the six while causing havoc among the teams above it on the ladder.

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