TERANG will look to quickly distance itself from last weekend’s horror batting performance against Noorat.
The hosts were bowled out for just 39 in less than 25 overs after being sent in to bat, before Noorat reached the target six wickets down in a low scoring affair.
Terang skipper Liam Geary said that their performance could be put down to his side having ‘one of those days’.
The first year mentor said that with a few players missing from his side on the weekend, the feeling on the day didn’t seem right.
His fears were quickly proven by the performance that followed.
“We had three players out and it just felt really off,” Geary said.
“It was just one of those things where everything went wrong from the outset.
“All the bad things happened, there isn’t much we can gain from dwelling on the performance, but I just wanted them to realise that they all should feel a little disappointed.
“We should try and use that disappointment to prepare a little bit better and come prepared on the day.”
Terang lost four early wickets to be on the ropes at 4/15 and whilst they steadied briefly through Bailey Kavenagh (12) and John Clarke (9), Clarke’s dismissal triggered a dramatic collapse.
The home side lost 5/4, with Noorat’s Dave Roberts claiming three of his four wickets in that patch to finish with figures of 4/2 from two overs.
Geary labelled the match a ‘bad day’ for Terang, but felt as the though the opposition or the conditions weren’t big factors in their loss, focussing more on Terang’s effort.
“The pitch was fine, but there were no excuses for the way we performed,” Geary said.
“Gus Bourke got it to do a little bit, but no more than he usually does, he just bowled quite well.
“Dave Roberts came on and took four for two in about two overs not doing too much.
“He swings it as he always does but there was nothing too scary off the pitch, it was just poor batting (on our behalf).”
Geary reserved praise for Kavenagh, with the youngster a shining light on an otherwise dark day for Terang.
“Young Bailey Kavenagh, who’s a junior, was our top scorer and he was the only one who really showed any value on his wicket,” Geary said.
“He batted really well, which is really pleasing.
“He got a chance up the order at number five and he did a good job.”
Noorat was able to chase down the target in the 21st over, however Terang’s effort with the ball made it a nervous run chase for the Steamrollers.
Noorat were 6/20 after Brett Hunger (3/11) and Sam Munro (2/17) tore through their top order, with the pair dismissing Bernie Harris and Ben Kenna cheaply.
Pat Heffernan was run out for one, and Noorat’s three most prolific run scorers were in the sheds with only 11 runs between them and 17 on the board for Noorat.
Bourke (2), Matt Baxter (0) and Isaac Kenna (6) all followed with the addition of only three runs, before Simon Densley (12 not out) and Nick Kenna (8 not out) helped the visitors recover and claim victory.
Geary lauded the efforts of his opening pair with the ball, with the two almost giving Terang hope of what would have been an unlikely victory.
“Sam Munro and Brett Hunger bowled excellently as a partnership,” Geary said.
“They took five of our six wickets, with the other one being a run out.
“They just tied them up and kept gaining wickets consistently.
“They gave us a sniff.”
Geary said he addressed his side’s performance straight after the match, wanting his players to feel the disappointment of what had transpired.
He didn’t allow too much reflection time, preferring to focus his side on regrouping ahead of this weekend’s match against Cobden.
“I spoke to the group straight after the game and said just let that sink in for a minute, if you’re not feeling disappointed, you really should be,” Geary said.
“Then I left it for a bit and just said to the boys let’s move on.”
Geary stressed that it was important for his side to start winnings matches if they were to feature in the finals this season.
But he said his side needs to bring the right mixture of preparation and mindset to the game if they are going to be in a winning position.
Geary added that the players’ attitude is not ‘too bad’, but they needed to dig in against sides in the top grade.
“We’ve gotten ourselves into a position where we really need to win, there’s no hiding from the issue we need to start winning games,” he said.
“We know how important it is to win games early, we’ve only won one game, which was against Bookaar in the Twenty20s and was for half points.
“If we don’t start winning 50 over matches, we might be kissing our finals aspirations goodbye.
“It’s division one cricket; if you don’t come prepared you’re going to get found out pretty quickly.”
Meanwhile, Mortlake still remain undefeated this season after accounting for Heytesbury at D.C. Farran Oval.
The home side chased down the Rebels’ target of 131, with Tyler Schafer following up his opening round 88 with 67 against his former side.
Neil Kelly (21) and Todd Lamont (13) were the next best scorers with the bat, after Clinton Baker (3/6) had earlier led his side with the ball.
The Cats have another home game this weekend, when they host Bookaar at D.C. Farran Oval.