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Patience to be key for Bloods

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February 09, 2018

A century partnership by Michael Archer (pictured) and Caiden Pratt gave Tatura a winning start against Karramomus.

Tatura had a start to remember against Karramomus after a century partnership between Michael Archer and Caiden Pratt put the host well on its way to a victory.

But the Bloods will take confidence from the fact anything can happen, with Jason Ibbotson’s side managing to steer the contest its way during the midway point of the innings.

Stuart Turner took four wickets for 26 runs, but Tatura was back on track with late runs coming via Hamish Roberts.

After the stirling start from the home side at Howley Oval, Ibbotson hoped to keep Tatura to 250 before Roberts drew the total out to 281.

But the Karramomus captain said the key to victory was a stable start tomorrow, although he acknowledged replicating Archer’s and Pratt’s feat was unlikely.

‘‘Hopefully we’ll get off to a good start, I doubt we’ll have a similar start to them,’’ he said.

‘‘But we just need to be patient and take our time early, it’s 80 overs so we’re not in a massive rush, so hopefully a couple of the boys get in.’’

The Bloods have struggled with injury and unavailability during the season, with team changes interrupting the side’s cohesion.

But Tim Kelly’s side will be firing with plenty to spur it on to a victory.

A win is crucial to Tatura’s chances of playing finals, given the side faces an impressive Kyabram outfit in the final round of the season.

With Mooroopna Tatura’s biggest threat, the Cats are in a commanding position against Shepparton United after keeping Dwain Vidler’s men to just 57 runs.

Another eye-catching bowling performance from Tom Dinnis would not only help his side to victory, but also aid the English import’s tilt at a Lightfoot Medal.

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