Tight win builds up thirst

November 13, 2017

Katandra made it a 15th win from 16 starts on Saturday, but the Eagles did not have it all their own way against Tatura.

Katandra made it a 15th win from 16 starts on Saturday, but the Eagles did not have it all their own way against Tatura.

Last season’s wooden spooner took it right up to Jedd Wright’s Eagles and showed they will continue to cause plenty of headaches to quality teams this season.

Ladder leader Katandra got home by two wickets, but Tatura never stopped trying and fought back marvellously from a precarious position of 5-34.

Tom Miller smashed 56 at more than a run-a-ball, combining with Mat Cornwall (24) for a sixth wicket partnership of 73.

Jess Petherick’s cameo at No.10 also played a key role, with the fast bowler finishing not out on 32 after an important innings.

Wright said he was happy to come away with the win against a never-say-die Tatura side.

‘‘Tatura are a good team and they’ve just had some bad luck so far this season and I’m sure once they get another win, they’ll get on a roll,’’ Wright said.

‘‘Tom Miller batted superbly and didn’t give us a chance and a couple of other blokes batted well around him.

‘‘They bowled well to us, set some good fields, but I guess it was disappointing that no-one went on with it and that just happens sometimes.

‘‘We had to struggle to get the win and that can be a positive having to win the hard way.’’

Coach Ben Clurey was the only Eagles player to go past 20, with the opener making 36 while most of the line-up got starts and could not go with it.

Tatura’s English import Tom Dinnis took some big wickets and finished his nine-over spell with 4-32.

Tatura captain Tim Kelly said his team would take plenty of positives away from the match, despite going down.

‘‘They’re (Katandra) a great side and we did match it with them for most of the day and that’s good for our young group to get that bit of belief,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘I thought we were pretty happy with how we got back in the game, considering we were 5-30 and Tom Miller and Mat Cornwall batted so well together and then Jess Petherick was able to get us up to near 170.

‘‘We looked like we might pinch it at one stage, but Katandra just played the last five or six overs well and they had a bit more experience.’’

It was a big day for Katandra, with Australian Test legend Doug Walters headlining a sportsman’s night at the club on Saturday night.

Walters put on an entertaining night for the locals, with Walters, 71, kicking on with punters until the early hours of the morning.

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