Still room at top of ladder

February 03, 2018

Tatura was led by its captain Tim Kelly (right).

Tatura has widened the amount of teams which could top the western Shepparton table and play in the grand final of Cricket Shepparton’s Twenty20 competition.

In the top-tier competition, Tatura was led by its captain Tim Kelly, who produced a stirling knock to help his side to a total score of 4-131.

Kelly finished the innings not out, having belted 79 runs off just 54 balls.

Taking to Kyabram Recreation Reserve, Kelly had no problems with the deck as he collected seven fours and three sixes along the way.

Thomas Casey was a strong leader at the top of the order, making his highest score for the season across all grades.

His 31 runs came off 36 balls, also finding the rope five times.

A wide spread of bowlers also put in to help Tatura hold off a Kyabram charge.

The Redbacks were without Paul Newman, who has come across from Goulburn Murray Cricket for previous matches.

That left the top score to come from Alex Young, whose 27 runs helped offset a bowling innings which saw him go for 34 runs off four overs, including one wicket.

But it was the consistency of Tatura bowlers which toppled Kyabram as James Collett, Michael Archer and Cade Dealy each collected two scalps.

With just one round remaining, Old Students and Mooroopna still have a chance of jumping into top spot with Kyabram having the bye next week.

In the remaining game in the western Shepparton division, Mooroopna saw off Shepparton United by 20 runs despite Steven Tate’s half-century at the top of the order for United.

In north central action, ladder leader Katandra relied on its bowlers to get the job done against Karramomus.

Having only posted 104 runs from 20 overs, the Eagles kept the Bloods to 86 runs in the second innings.

Jedd Wright tore through the middle and lower order with three wickets as Chris Skolyarev was responsible for disposing of Adam Bovell on 35.

Northerners beat Central Park-St Brendan’s as the Tigers failed to chase down the 145 set by the Jets.

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