A total of 154 might not seem big, but Shepparton United captain Dwain Vidler is more than confident of restricting Tatura in the Haisman Shield tomorrow.
The host will begin day two at 2-22, needing 132 to chase down United.
On day one, six United batsmen fell for less than 10 runs as Tom Dinnis ran riot with the ball to finish with 4-33.
Youngster Hugh Conway was United’s best, smashing 64 off 95 balls, but with the ball, Ethan Warburton could make a name for himself.
In his Haisman Shield debut, the off-spinner was bowled out for a duck, but will resume hostilities for United on day two and it is expected Tatura captain Tim Kelly will be padded up at the crease.
Warburton took his maiden wicket with the last ball on day one, sending Caidan Pratt packing for 10 and Vidler believed another few quick wickets would have his side in the box seat.
‘‘Early wickets are key, we expect Tim (Kelly) to come in and then they have the likes of Connor Hayes and Tom Miller also, so a few early ones will really help put pressure on them,’’ Vidler said.
Kelly’s impact tomorrow will likely alter proceedings either way and Vidler was well aware of the school teacher’s expertise with the bat.
‘‘He is one of the better players in the competition, once he gets going he can change a game in an instance,’’ Vidler said.
At just 15, Warburton could cement himself in a youthful United side should he claim the scalp of Kelly.
Statistics suggest that ledger is in favour of United with the ninth-placed side having conceded the least amount of runs (880) this season, while despite having the likes of Kelly, Tatura has lost the equal most amount of wickets (68).