Archer hits target

February 06, 2018

Tatura's Hamish Roberts goes whack for the visitors during an emphatic spell at the crease.

The opportunity was presented to Tatura and it did all it could to ensure it will break its Haisman Shield finals drought.

Hosting an undermanned Karramomus, Tim Kelly and his side entered the game with the mindset of making the match against a struggling Bloods count.

Before long, Michael Archer and Caiden Pratt had taken control of the game and forged their way to a 100-run partnership.

The partnership finished when Pratt was caught off the bowling of Stuart Turner on 27, ending the valuable support he had provided Archer.

Pratt faced 81 balls for his runs while Archer upped the strike rate.

With 79 off 106 balls, more than half of the opener’s runs came off boundaries, while Karramomus captain Jason Ibbotson can only hope his side can recreate that on Saturday.

‘‘They took their chances early and got away with it. Their openers did well with a 100-run partnership,’’ he said.

But the runs did not stop when the pair exited as Connor Hayes wasted no time making 60, while Hamish Roberts was important at the end of the innings.

Having fluttered between A and B-grade this year, Roberts made sure to prove his worth with the bat as he added 45.

But for a period the Bloods turned the tables on their opposition.

Bringing on Cricket Shepparton Country Week representative Turner was a move that again paid dividends.

Turner was involved in all four important scalps that would leave Tatura at 6-180.

Having taken a catch off Jacob Kerr’s bowling to dismiss Tom Vibert, Turner was also the bowler who sent Kelly, Tom Miller and Tom Dinnis packing.

Ibbotson said at that point it looked as if Karramomus could turn the game in its favour.

‘‘We thought we did well in the middle period and Stewie opened up with five (wickets), but they got away at the end,’’ he said.

‘‘We thought we could almost keep them under 250, which would be a fair effort coming from the start they got, but then they got away at the end again.’’

Enticed by the opportunity to play on a bowler friendly pitch at Howley Oval instead of Vibert Reserve, Ibbotson said there was an element of his bowlers trying to overwork what was in the deck.

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