Double motivation for Tat

December 08, 2017

With past premiership players in attendance, Tatura will be hoping to get off to the best possible start against Shepparton United in the Haisman Shield.

This season marks 20 years since the 1996-97 premiership and with club greats at Howley Oval, Tatura captain Tim Kelly expected his side to lift during their two-day affair.

‘‘If we win this week, we could be half a game outside the top six and placing ourselves in a good position,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘The boys know what is at stake this week, but in saying that, we are up against a good side who have found a little bit of form at the minute.’’

United defeated Old Students to win its first game of the season before backing up the impressive performance to smash 9-315 in the first innings against Karramomus.

However, a washout meant United drew last round, but captain Dwain Vidler was confident with how his side was progressing, despite a slow start to the campaign.

‘‘We are happy with the way we performed with the bat, but consistency, like I have said all year, is the key and if we are to win, we need to be consistent,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘We have had a good few weeks, but we need to keep it going and it’ll be tough against Tatura, they are a good side with a few key players who can turn any game.’’

All-rounder Ethan Warburton, 15, will make his A-grade debut for United, while Rehan Bari will be looking to continue his dominant form with the bat.

The left-hander has toyed with his opposition bowlers in the past two rounds, smashing a combined 229 runs against Old Students and Karramomus.

‘‘He has been in some brilliant form, he is a good batsman, but we can’t rely on just him,’’ Vidler said.

‘‘We all need to lift, we are after a collective effort and if we can bat our 80 overs, we will be every chance of winning.’’

United has taken the fewest wickets of any side this season, averaging 5.8 scalps per game, while Tatura has taken 53, 10 more than its opponents.

Kelly and Michael Archer will cause problems for United and the duo are a key reason why the hosts sit third for most runs for this season.

Tatura averages 170.5 runs and anything more could prove a problem for United.

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