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Tatura looking to maintain momentum

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October 27, 2017

Tim Kelly was an ever present figure in his team's victory against Karramomus, while Bloods wicket keeper Luke Forge attempted to prevent another boundary from the Tatura star.

Tatura had little time to celebrate its breakthrough victory over Karramomus last week.

Tim Kelly’s charges were too busy focusing on finding a way to harness their newfound momentum.

‘‘The challenge for us is to do that two weeks in a row,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘If we play like we did last week we should be able to win again, we executed every facet of the game really well and took a lot of confidence out of it.’’

Kelly knows more than most how tough tomorrow’s opponent can be to defeat, with the Redbacks recovering from 6-31 to chase down a target of 213 last time the pair met.

‘‘Kyabram can be really dangerous,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve got some pretty talented batsmen and if we let them get away they can win the game for them.’’

Tom Casey returns to a Tatura line-up that boasts two of the top four most productive batsmen this season in Kelly (203 runs at an average of 67.67) and Connor Hayes (125 at 41.67).

Meanwhile, Kyabram coach Glenn Hart is hoping more of his charges can stand up and be counted with the bat after his side was bowled out for 99 by the Northerners last week.

‘‘We’re after an even contribution and performance from everyone,’’ Hart said.

Aside from Kyle Mueller (124 runs at an average of 62) and import Eliot Callis (112 at 56), no other Redbacks batsman has impressed so far this season, with Kyle Fitzgerald’s 70 runs at an average of 23.33 the next best output.

Captain Alec Young, along with bowlers Jackson and Charlie McLay, will return to the fray tomorrow after missing for a wedding, with Hart highlighting the need for a win.

‘‘We really need to perform this week otherwise you’re back to 2-2 and it’s middle of the road stuff,’’ he said.

‘‘That’s not where we want to be.’’

His side will be on its toes though, with Hart giving Tatura high praise.

‘‘They’re not a side you can really go out and dominate,’’ he said.

‘‘They’ve scored 200 plus the past two weeks and you can say they’re a young side, but those boys have all probably got 30-40 A-grade games under their belt.

‘‘They’ve brought in this new bowler (Tom Dinnis) as well, so they’re a very, very good side.’’

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