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Taking batsmen Downie

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January 15, 2018

Shaun Downie tore through Tatura’s batting line-up during the only Haisman Shield match completed this round.

Shaun Downie tore through Tatura’s batting line-up during the only Haisman Shield match completed this round.

The Numurkah spinner had too many tricks for Tatura to handle, despite Tim Kelly’s men seeing out 40.3 overs.

Knocking over the middle and lower order to finish with a five-wicket haul, Downie had a measly eight runs scored against him off nine overs.

‘‘Sean Downie was unbelievable, he just produced some really good bowling and he was bowling into the breeze, but he moved the ball a fair way and took some really crucial wickets and just smashed the game,’’ Blues playing coach Liam Gledhill said.

Spin caused a myriad of issues for Tatura at Numurkah Showgrounds, with Gledhill claiming two scalps of his own.

Kelly conceded his side was outclassed as it failed to reach triple figures.

‘‘It was very tough, their slower bowlers just bowled in really good areas and they set really good fields, they’ve got experienced bowlers in Gledhill and Downie and they made it really hard for us,’’ he said.

‘‘Most of us gave our wickets up too easily and weren’t too happy about it at all, but they bowled so well and put the pressure on.’’

But a major positive for Tatura continues to be the efforts of Michael Archer.

The opener, 19, looked set before being dismissed for 38, and he averages 24.3 for the season.

‘‘He’s coming along in leaps and bounds and he looked really comfortable out there playing some great shots,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘He’s become a lot more consistent and he is starting to develop into a really good player in the comp, he just needs to make the next step and make some good scores.’’

Kelly would have been pleased too with how his side approached its defence of just 95.

Tatura skittled some of the Blues’ opening batsmen to have Numurkah at 3-10 before Gledhill entered the scene.

The partnership of opener Dylan Grandell, who saw out the whole innings with an unbeaten 51, and Gledhill, who finished with 34 not out, was able to lead Numurkah to victory.

Gledhill was pleased with how the game finished, given there were situations when the opposition was on top.

‘‘Tat are a young side and you don’t know what you’re going to come up against and at the start there I thought we were going to be chasing 220, so to bowl them out for under 100 and to pass them three down was really good,’’ he said.

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