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Tatura hangs tough Victory against Euroa

By Tatura Guardian

Tatura brought up its third consecutive win thanks to its lower order hanging tough to score much-needed runs.

Hosting Euroa, it was the Magpies that were marginally ahead early as its bowlers put in a consistent performance.

But while Tatura’s openers were not able to score an abundance of runs, Michael Archer and Caiden Pratt still saw off the new ball before both were dismissed and the side was at 2-47.

Euroa capitalised in this period and quickly swept up four more wickets to have the home team at 5-59.

But there was fight left in Tim Kelly’s men and Josh Thurston led the resurgence.

‘‘We were rapt with how we fought our way back into the game and Tom (Vibert) and JT had a really good partnership,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘Then we were 8-140 and in a bit of trouble, but Will Pyke and Jayden Armstrong put on 47 which changed the game in our favour and I’m rapt with how we bat so deep.

‘‘Having players that can make runs down the order allows us to play our shots at the top and take the game on, we’re feeling pretty good at the moment.’’

Tatura worked its way to a respectable 1-188, but aside from the early wicket of Ben Harrison Euroa began the innings strongly.

Declan Redfern and Sean Hemeter were steady and settled in, but after Redfern exited via a pearler from Jess Petherick, there was no saviour to lead the Magpies to victory.

In near identical bowling figures to last week Archer took four wickets for 38 runs, cleaning up the lower-order.

‘‘He’s flying at the moment and bowling really well, he’s just really hard to face and he’s got a deadly wrong-un and landing most balls and asking questions of the batters every ball,’’ Kelly said.

But Kelly said Euroa had posed a sizeable challenge after batting out the full 45 overs for a total of 9-158.

‘‘There are no easy games in this comp across the board, Euroa pretty much had us on toast at 5-50 and we were in a lot of trouble,’’ he said.