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Blues capitalise on inexperienced United

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November 13, 2017

Numurkah inflicted more pain on Shepparton United, as the Blues kept their young opposition to just 86 on Saturday.

Numurkah inflicted more pain on Shepparton United, as the Blues kept their young opposition to just 86 on Saturday.

With United yet to win this season and coming off a disappointing loss to Kyabram last week, again it was kept to less than 100 runs.

Dwain Vidler decided to bat after winning the toss at Numurkah Showgrounds and his openers Angus Lake and Rehan Bari tried to settle in against a difficult attack.

But United’s chances of posting triple figures were hampered when they fell within moments of each other, allowing Sam Nash (21) to try and create something from the innings.

As always Numurkah’s bowlers were on target with Liam Gledhill (3-17) and Tim Braybon (3-10) at the forefront.

With six bowlers coming on for a spell and all producing economical figures, Gledhill said it was a luxury having the talent at his disposal.

‘‘Everyone contributed, which was good, and that takes a bit of pressure off Matt Cline at the top,’’ he said.

Andrew Cline chimed in with the important wickets of Vidler and Bari, with United all out after 36 overs.

Gledhill was content with his side’s ability to clean up the lower order cheaply as the third-placed side looked set to end the day early.

‘‘That was pleasing, we were expecting a bit of rearguard action, so to clean up the tail was great,’’ he said.

‘‘Sometimes those small targets are tricky to chase, but we just had to be confident and be busy and the runs will look after themselves.’’

Jahlan Lau produced a solid 32 not out as he looked comfortable at the crease with Dylan Grandell continuing his consistent season with 30 not out.

Gledhill could not have been happier with the way the pair attacked the game and formed a 58-run partnership.

‘‘Lau made 32 off 30 overs and that’s not the way he bats normally, but he set it upon himself and Dyl Grandell was fantastic.

Bari took both wickets for his side and could have snared a couple more had half-chances not gone begging.

But Vidler was pleased with his side’s bowling attack, saying the responsibility fell on the batsmen.

‘‘We probably struggled to rotate the strike and got bogged down as batsmen, but they bowled really well,’’ he said.

‘‘You’re obviously always a chance to score in the back end of the innings, but we didn’t have enough blokes that got themselves in.

‘‘(With) six blokes under 19 in the side we just have to make sure we keep improving and putting a bit more pressure on Rehan and myself and Chris Rendina and make sure we score more runs.’’

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