Karramomus has taken control of its Haisman Shield clash with Tatura, despite a herculean effort at the top of the order from Mathew Cornwall.
Cornwall took it upon himself to stonewall the Bloods’ attack after his side was sent in to bat, managing to face a mammoth 191 deliveries for his 45.
His 203-minute stay at the crease came to an end thanks to a direct hit from boundary rider Paul Trevaskis, and from there it was all downhill for Tatura, losing 6-25 to be bundled out for 165 in the 72nd over.
Before the collapse Cornwall found help in the form of Thomas Miller (39 from 64 balls) and teenager Jayden Armstrong (29 from 73), who put together partnerships of 63 and 57 respectively with the Tatura opener.
Captain Tim Kelly had nothing but praise for his young charges.
‘‘He (Cornwall) was unreal, his innings really set us up and we were all shattered he couldn’t go on and get a big score,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘Jayden was great as well, we think he’s going to be a gun batter and for him to get some time out in the middle will only help his development.’’
Kelly was under no illusions about the score his side must defend.
‘‘It wasn’t as much as we hoped, we were probably 40 or 50 short of what we wanted,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘We definitely have the attack to defend it though, they (Karramomus) hardly gave us a loose ball and fielded really well, so we just have to be better than them.’’
Mitch McGrath (4-19) collected his best bowling figures for the season and, along with perennial performer Stuart Turner (3-27), helped rout the Tatura tail and give his side pole position to secure crucial points in the scramble for sixth spot on the ladder.
Bloods captain Jason Ibbotson was happy with his side’s bowling performance after winning the toss.
‘‘I thought there would be a lot more in the pitch early, but everyone bowled well all day,’’ Ibbotson said.
‘‘We bowled one side of the wicket and kept it tight, which is what we wanted.’’
The Bloods will resume on 0-10 this week after openers Rob Salter (four not out) and Adam Bovell (five not out) navigated a tough five-over period before stumps.
‘‘If we bat all day, we’ll definitely get the runs,’’ Ibbotson said.
‘‘It’s just a matter of putting good partnerships together.’’
STATE OF PLAY AFTER DAY ONE
Tatura 165 (Mathew Cornwall 45, Thomas Miller 39, Mitch McGrath 4-19, Stuart Turner 3-27) v Karramomus 0-10 (Rob Salter four not out), Adam Bovell (five not out).
Mathew Cornwall (Tatura): The Tatura opener’s 45 does not sound like much to write home about, but it was the way Cornwall went about it that was so impressive. Some 191 deliveries and over three hours at the crease steered his side towards a defendable total before his dismissal triggered a massive collapse.