A seasoned veteran helped Central Park-St Brendan’s deny Tatura the opportunity to cause a massive Haisman Shield upset on Saturday.
With a total of less than 200 on the board, the Tigers knew they needed early wickets to help stall Tatura’s chase before it could kick into gear.
Enter Brendan Scott.
In his 250th game for the club, and 206th A-grade match, Scott first took the catch that dismissed Tatura opener Michael Archer off the bowling of Ethan Baxter before removing former teammates Tim Kelly and Connor Hayes.
The 10-time Haisman Shield premiership player and former Vic Country representative returned later in the innings to remove another two Tatura batsmen for figures of 4-19 from nine overs, including five maidens, to steer his side to victory once more.
‘‘It shows what 250 games and over 200 A-grade games of experience looks like,’’ Tiger coach Andrew Cowen said.
‘‘He bowls within himself and to a plan and he got good rewards for his effort.’’
Earlier in the day, an 86-run partnership between Tyrone Bradley (22) and captain Ramadan Yze (56) had lifted the Tigers to 9-198 from their 45 overs after falling to 4-52.
‘‘That was probably the match-winning partnership between those two,’’ Cowen said.
‘‘Tat bowled really well early and in the context of things it’s always good to win these one-day games.
‘‘We had four wins as a club as well which is really good, it’s not just about A-grade.’’
Tatura’s bowling attack leaked 32 extras with the ball and it proved costly in the end, despite Tom Dinnis (2-29), Jayden Armstrong (2-35), Hayes (2-33) and Kelly (2-34) all taking a pair of wickets.
‘‘I thought our opening bowlers did a great job, but we let them get away again with extras and dropped catches late,’’ coach Kelly said.
‘‘Jayden Armstrong is having a real purple patch with the ball though, and we think he’s one of the best bowlers in the competition at the moment.’’
Caiden Pratt dug in at the top of Tatura’s batting order with 22 from 81 deliveries, while Dinnis smashed 20 runs from 13 balls to try and lift his side home late in the innings, but in the end the Tigers were simply too tight with the ball and in the field and rolled the away side for 151.
‘‘They (the Tigers) bowled really well and made us throw our wickets away because the run rate was getting too high,’’ Kelly said.
‘‘We couldn’t manipulate their field to the spinners at all.
‘‘The season is at a critical point now, we’ve got to start putting games together or it will get away from us pretty quickly.’’