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Eagles ground Jets to seal first finals berth since 2014

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January 16, 2017

Corey Hickford bowled the most overs.

Katandra went to two points off second spot on the ladder after completing a demolition of Northerners on Saturday.

The Eagles’ fourth straight win was set-up via a mammoth day-one score when all of their top-six batsmen fired to propel them to 7-404.

It would have taken one of the most sensational performances in Haisman Shield history for the Jets to chase it down.

Northerners’ innings never got going as they were all out 175 in the 58th over.

Katandra rotated its bowlers around and it did the trick.

Corey Hickford bowled the most overs with 10, while Chris Skolyarev, captain Jedd Wright and Ben Clurey claimed two wickets each.

‘‘We thought with 400 on the board and they were three or four out, we’d give everyone a bit of trundle, but everyone that did a job is more than a capable and that showed with the wickets being spread evenly,’’ Wright said.

After staring down the barrel early in the season with only one win from their first five matches, the Eagles will play finals for the first time since 2014.

With their spot in March booked, Katandra is eager to enter the post-season with momentum.

The Eagles will get the ultimate showing of where they are at this Saturday when they travel to Deakin Reserve for a showdown with the league juggernaut.

‘‘Our aim at the start of the year was to play finals, but it will be good to test ourselves against Central Park-St Brendan’s,’’ Wright said.

There wasn’t much to smile about for the Jets, but Matthew Chilcott was patient at the top of the order for his 51, while Matt Rendina worked his way to 35.

Katandra batted for a second time for some valuable practice, with Ben Clurey still stuck in Twenty20 mode from Thursday night as he belted an unbeaten 77 from 49 balls.

Clurey finished with an aggregate of 137 for the match after a classy 60 in the first innings.

RESULT

Katandra 7-404 (Jedd Wright 101, Elliot Richardson 74, Ben Clurey 60, Andrew Riordan 48, Joel Brett 3-101, James Feeney 2-83) and 1-108 (Ben Clurey 77 not out, Ray Ireland 20) defeated Northerners 175 (Matthew Chilcott 51, Matt Rendina 35, Jedd Wright 2-20, Chris Skolyarev 2-25, Ben Clurey 2-35)

STAR PLAYER

Jedd Wright (Katandra): The captain was one of many Eagles players to fire with the bat as he smashed a century on day one. The bowling was shared around, but Wright managed to pop up for two wickets of his own.

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