Will come down to wire

February 12, 2018

Thoughts on this one?: Tatura's Tom Dinnis appeals to the umpire after another solid delivery.

A rarity: Karramomus' Brocq Robertson's helmet takes a blow, in one of the few balls Robertson failed to get a bat to on Saturday.

Tatura remains in limbo as to whether it will play Haisman Shield finals this year.

The fate of Tim Kelly and his players remains in their hands, with Mooroopna also gunning for sixth.

But Tatura has ticked off the first of its missions after cleaning up Karramomus.

On a busy day for Tatura’s bowlers, they bowled out the Bloods for 176 before enforcing the follow on.

In the first of Karramomus’ innings, the Bloods produced an admirable display with Brocq Robertson trying to replicate its opposition’s start the previous week.

After Michael Archer and Caiden Pratt steered Tatura’s innings on day one, Robertson looked to do the same.

He scored 49 off as many balls before Archer stepped in to ensure Robertson would not go on and surpass his 79 last week.

Wickets fell in spurts for Karramomus, most notably as Luke Forge, Satwinder Singh and Tristen Murray were all dismissed in a row at a crucial time, effectively ending their hopes of chasing Tatura’s 281.

Michael Mandaradoni kept toiling away at the crease for his 52, before being the penultimate batsman to fall with the Bloods all out for 176.

The resolve of Karramomus meant Tatura had to produce its best.

‘‘We were pretty happy to make 280 and take 19 wickets, but the game was a lot closer than the scoreboard looked,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘At one stage they needed three an over with plenty of wickets in hand before a late collapse.

‘‘Brocq Robertson and Mandaradoni put plenty of pressure on how we bowled and fielded.’’

Jess Petherick took four wickets, while Archer (3-30) and Jayden Armstrong (2-36) took care of some danger players.

Armstrong returned hungry for more scalps when the follow on was enforced, putting in a phenomenal performance to take 5-44 off just eight overs.

‘‘He’s a smart cricketer, he’s only 18 years of age, but bowled good areas all day,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘His first spell went for a few runs early, but he didn’t drop his head and showed a lot of leadership.’’

Karramomus made 9-128 in its second turn at batting for the day, with Robertson again the highlight as he quickly marched to 64.

But Archer again put an end to the lively batter’s innings.

‘‘He had a standout game... he was dangerous with the ball and looked like taking wickets every over,’’ Kelly said.

Kelly was pleased with his whole side’s intent on day two.

As it approaches a final round match up with Kyabram, Tatura stayed out in the field until 6pm on Saturday to gather any advantage.

‘‘Every wicket was percentage for us and we’re only in (the top six) on percentage, so we had to try and take as many wickets as we could,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘It’s a long day out there in the field and fitness does come into it in the last two hours or so, so it’ll do us a lot of good.’’

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