Tigers beat pain of rain

October 30, 2017

Inclement weather played havoc with round four Jim McGregor Shield C-grade action on Saturday.

Inclement weather played havoc with round four Jim McGregor Shield C-grade action on Saturday.

Only half of the scheduled matches were completed, with superb bowling performances the distinct theme.

Central Park-St Brendan’s put the squeeze on Tatura’s batting line-up after it had chosen to take first use of the pitch.

Marcus Maher managed an unbelievable haul of 3-3 from eight overs for the Tigers, bowling seven maidens to give the batsmen absolutely nothing to work with.

Joeve Cooper (2-4) and Alexander Schmedje (2-6) were also on fire with the ball as Tatura fell to all out for 71.

The away side held on for 34.2 overs before finally succumbing, with openers Simon Russell (19) and Cade Dealy (10) the only players to reach double figures.

As clouds continued to threaten, the Tigers went about quickly securing maximum points.

Daniel Miller (1-12) broke through early to dismiss Mitch Trevaskis for seven runs before Patrick Cormican (25 not out) and Maher (33 not out) saw the home side to victory in the nick of time, with the heavens opening up less than 20 minutes after play had ceased.

●The ball again dominated in the other completed match of the day, with Murchison winning by 73 runs despite only posting 4-122 from its 40 overs.

Brandan Reilly (39), Darryn Rowney (24) and David Marsters (22) helped compile the modest total, while Inder Singh (3-26) proved dangerous with the ball.

At 1-31 in the chase the Bloods seemed to be cruising, but remarkable spells from second and third change bowlers Rowney (4-18) and Jack Morrissy (5-16) engineered a stunning collapse from the away side, which lost 9-18 to be bowled out for 49 inside 26 overs.

●The clash between Euroa and Pine Lodge was called off just before the end of the former’s batting innings, with Adam Wright (26) and Travis Waters (2-13) the best batter and bowler respectively.

●Meanwhile, Old Students managed to reach 8-166 in their innings thanks to some great work from Ankush Sharma (39), Jag Singh (37) and Dean Johnson (35), but with Mooroopna 4-60 after 16 overs the game was called off.

Robert Marsters was the Cats’ best performer, snaring 3-17 and top scoring with 25.

●Dookie had the bye.

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