Haisman Shield preview - Tatura vs Euroa

By Liam Nash

Tatura’s search for a Haisman Shield victory continues tomorrow when it goes toe-to-toe with Euroa at Howley Oval — and there may not be a better time for the side to strike.

In what has been a campaign centred around growth for Michael Archer’s charges, a reassuring performance against Shepparton United to kick off the new year has put wind in the sails of the bottom-ranked side.

Euroa on the other hand was skittled for 158 by a high-flying Kyabram last week, with the Magpies only managing to knock five of the Redbacks’ batsmen over before the side cruised home with relative ease.

Archer will undoubtably be extracting every morsal of effort out of his squad for tomorrow’s match, knowing it is the perfect chance to put points on the board in the one-day format.

“I think it is an opportunity for us to play in a very competitive game,” Archer said.

“We have been making very good strides in many areas, especially with the bat last week, so it will be about following on with the same attitude.”

Buoyed by a couple of resolute knocks from Raj Singh (41) and Archer (41 not out) against Shepparton United, as well as a gritty spell with the ball from freshly promoted seamer Harry Murdoch (3-45), Tatura will be hoping to carry that form on to put forward the challenge to Euroa.

“Raj has been very good for us this season, he has had a few starts, but the next step will be to push on and make a ton,” Archer said.

“Harry has also been good since coming into the side, he had a good knock in the T20s and was great with the ball last week.”

Undeterred by past results, Archer has been impressed by the young Tatura contingent’s ability to bounce back from losses and knuckle down in the nets.

As a playing coach, the weight of his double duties has been lessened by the positive energy within the performing body, and he can only see the side improving in seasons to come.

“I don’t need to say much to them really, they are a pretty motivated group,” he said.

“They always show up early at trainings for throwdowns and things like that — it makes it pretty easy for me.”