Connor Hayes has delivered a masterclass with the bat, guiding Tatura to an impressive win against Shepparton United.
Tatura began day two at 2-22 needing 132 more runs to claim its third victory of the season and up stood Hayes.
The former Central Park-St Brendan’s prodigy, 20, led the way with a commanding 131 off 171 balls.
Hayes smashed 14 boundaries in his 210 minutes at the crease, but he was still lucky to be out in the middle after he was dropped in the 30s at mid-wicket.
It was one of three chances United let slip while the game was still in the balance, but in the end, a more experienced Tatura side proved too strong in making 287.
Tatura captain Tim Kelly emphasised the importance of partnerships heading into day two and the skipper could not be more thrilled with how his side performed.
Matt Cornwall only made 19, but showed typical resilience before he was dismissed after 104 balls as partnerships began to form across the batting line-up.
‘‘It was a very good game for us, Connor Hayes was brilliant, he never really looked like going out,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘Hayes was involved in two partnerships, he was able to make runs, we worked it well and then even down the pecking order we were able to show we run deep with some good batting performances.’’
Batting at number seven, Jess Petherick was able to bat freely to make 45.
United captain Dwain Vidler was disappointed his side could not defend its total after failing to make the most of its chances in the field.
‘‘We’re definitely not happy with the result, we put down too many chances, and to drop a good batsman like Connor Hayes is always going to hurt us,’’ Vidler said.
‘‘We dropped three chances while the game was in the balance and if you take those, anything can happen.’’
Vidler credited the application of Sam Nash (3-44) and Ethan Warburton (1-33).
‘‘I don’t think we bowled badly, we just struggled to take chances and I thought both Nash and Warburton were both pretty good for us,’’ Vidler said.