Tatura’s hopes of securing a second straight Haisman Shield victory rest on a quality batting display at Katandra tomorrow.
Andrew Riordan’s superb 143 not out on day one ensured the Eagles posted a formidable target of 8-314.
Tatura, fresh from downing Northerners, should attack the chase with confidence.
The arrival of Tim Kelly as coach has bolstered the batting order, with the former Central Park-St Brendan’s ace in ripping touch.
Kelly is the competition’s seventh top run-scorer, having made 267 runs at 44.50, highlighted by a century against his former club in round four.
His presence has also been a win for the likes of Caiden Pratt, coming off a fine 83 against Northerners, evidence he is comfortable at this level in his fourth season.
Tom Miller, Tom Vibert and veteran Peter Watt are three other batsmen likely to need to play a pivotal role if Tatura is going to leave with the lion-share of points.
Katandra’s bowling attack boasts a multitude of options.
Chris Skolyarev (eight wickets at 14.50) is leading the way, with Aaron Beecroft, Elliot Richardson, Riordan and Ben Clurey all capable of claiming multiple wickets.
● The match coincides with Katandra’s Pink Stumps Day.
Tickets are $20 for pre-purchase or $25 on the day.
A bus for the day will be picking up in Numurkah (12.30pm opposite the post office) and Shepparton (1.30pm outside the Shepparton Stadium) and dropping people off at the end of the day.
Cost is $5 per person.
Wine and cider tastings will be available for a gold coin donation, with free mini manicures, afternoon tea, fantastic giveaways and prizes, and breast self-examination education.
Proceeds go to the Jane McGrath Foundation.