Karramomus leaves empty handed in Haisman Shield clash against Tatura

By Alex Mitchell

Karramomus got within 18 runs of first innings points and seven runs of a reverse outright against Tatura on Saturday, yet left the round 11 Haisman Shield contest empty-handed.

A wild day of cricket had the Bloods push their opposition, but eventually fall to Tatura as it pulled off a big result in the race for finals.

Resuming at 2-73, Karramomus kept moving quickly towards the target of 163 thanks to Tim Belford, who smashed 81 off 63 balls to get the side to 3-100.

But after Jayden Armstrong bowls him things quickly fell apart for the Bloods, losing 7-45 to crumble and be all out for 145.

Luke Forge looked strong making 33, but no other player scored more than four runs on day two, with Armstrong’s 4-50 combined with captain Tim Kelly’s 2-11 doing the job.

But batting a second time, Tatura again could not handle young Blood paceman Jacob Kerr, who backed up seven wickets on day one with another five, this time reeling off the entire Tatura top four caught behind.

Karramomus captain Stuart Turner got in the act with four of his own and Tatura was quickly in serious strife at 9-61, before Kelly (19) and Tom Vibert (10 not out) added 25 valuable runs for the final wicket to take the side to 86.

It left the Bloods needing 104 runs for victory in 14 overs and they got remarkably close, with Mitch McGrath’s 61 leaving them just eight runs short at 6-96.

Kelly said it had been a crazy day, but the most important thing was his side banked the six points and kept its season alive.

‘‘It was one of the weirder days of cricket I’ve ever had,’’ he said.

‘‘It was a great effort to get the win early in the day, but then we went out intending to bat for as long as we can, and we didn’t bat well at all.

‘‘It was pretty nerve-wracking towards the end there, it ended up being like a Twenty20, they needed 104 off 14. Mitch McGrath was smoking the ball around everywhere and we did pretty well to hold on in the end.

‘‘To get the six points, we were rapt.’’

Craziness aside, Kelly said it was Armstrong’s workman-like performance with the ball in the first innings that earned Tatura the win.

‘‘Jayden Armstrong bowled pretty much all day into the wind, he’s turning into such a classy player,’’ he said.

‘‘Even the catch he took in the breeze at fine leg, it was a real class catch.

‘‘Jess Petherick bowled well too, but Jayden is in a real purple patch, he’s making runs and taking wickets and has been our best player in recent weeks.’’

However, man-of-the-match honours belonged to Kerr, finishing the contest with brilliant figures of 12-64, with eight of those scalps catches behind the wicket.

The result meant Tatura is still a genuine chance to play finals, just three points back from sixth-placed Kyabram with two rounds to play.

It will face the Redbacks this round and could finish the round inside the top six, before tackling Numurkah in the last round.