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SDCA | Tallarook blast way back into second place

By Meg Saultry

A fortnight after falling out of second place on the A-grade ladder, Tallarook has stormed back into the top two with a commanding five-wicket victory over Broadford.

And with just two regular season games remaining before finals kick off, the win will prove crucial in Tallarook's charge home at the pointy end of the season.

After Tallarook captain Lachlan Watts led Tallarook's attacking efforts on the opening day of play, it took just 37 overs for the Rooks to chase down Broadford's total of 137 on Saturday.

While other A-grade clashes saw some teams bat well into the second day after rain postponed the opening day, Tallarook had the advantage of clear air by dismissing Broadford before the worst of the weather hit.

Tallarook coach Jac Smith-Williams said getting Broadford out on the opening day had been "critical" to securing the win and heaped praise on his bowling unit.

“They (Broadford) could have batted the best part of half a day on that second day and forced a draw,” he said.

"To have guys like Watts, (Leigh) Irving, (Lovepreet) Singh, and (Jarrod) Flint put pressure on their batters, that first day set us up for the second."

Heading in to bat at the beginning of day two, Tallarook started strongly via Ben Cooney (32) and Smith-Williams (35), before its mid-order were solid contributors through Watts (25 not out), Cameron Muir (24) and Dan Fisher (21 not out).

Smith-Williams said the even spread of contributors with the pine would give his batsmen plenty of confidence moving forward.

“We figured it would be over in 40 overs, with how quick our ground is," he said.

"It was good to see Cooney get a good start, and Lachie Watts was able to spend a bit of time in the middle.

"And Muir and Fisher, to see those guys get a start is really good. Those four guys have been working really hard in the nets, and now it's paying off in a game scenario."

Tallarook will look to keep up their winning ways when it plays Kilmore this Saturday, with their opponents coming off a draw with Eastern Hill.

Smith-Williams said his team would go into the contest with a clear plan in place to outplay Kilmore.

"We know what Josh (Buttler) does - he'll hold an end up and set them up at the top of the order," Smith-Williams said.

"Topham and Rose can bat around him, so it will be a big task to get those guys out.

"We know what we have to do, and we'll set smart fields and bowl right lines to get them out cheaply."