United’s bowlers defend total strongly

January 30, 2017

Shepparton United teammates celebrate taking a Northerners wicket.

Northerners veteran Matthew Chilcott opens his shoulders, as is his dashing nature with the bat.

Youngster Ethan McLaren fields in the deep.

United part-time bowler Matt Barclay took 3-9 off 10 overs, including four maidens.

Shepparton United’s 227 was plenty enough for victory after bowling the Northerners out for 108 in Saturday’s Haisman Shield action.

Matt Barclay’s impressive 10-over spell helped restrict the Jets to just 108, meaning the home side remains in second place on the ladder.

Barclay claimed 3-9, including four maidens.

The Jets’ chances of clawing back the total looked in danger from the outset as the travelling side fell to 5-51.

Ben Pedretti (seven), Andrew Boyington (18), Matthew Chilcott (21) and captain Mitch Brett (three) were all sent packing early, and a significant bottom order collapse extended the pain.

The Jets found themselves on the end of another defeat after losing 5-37 to close out the game, lasting just 61 overs.

United was able to restrict seven Jets to less than double figures, with Trent Sidebottom top scoring with 31 runs.

United captain Chris Rendina was delighted with the overall performance.

‘‘We not only bowled well, but we also fielded exceptionally well, we have been a little inconsistent with our fielding of late,’’ Rendina said.

Barclay closed out the game late with exceptional figures, but Rendina said it was a collective performance that got the job done.

‘‘The bowlers pulled their weight. Sam Nash (1-13) and Dwain Vidler (2-16) got us off to a good start and then Barclay closed out the game brilliantly,’’ Rendina said.

United was also without Dillion Hammer, who injured his ankle during the week, but he should be fit to face an in-form Katandra, while Northerners host Kyabram.


Shepparton United 227 (Josh Lawrence 86, Chris Rendina 34, Josh Sidebottom 3-31, Trent Sidebottom 3-46) defeated Northerners 108 (Trent Sidebottom 31, Josh Sidebottom 23, Matt Barclay 3-9, Dwain Vidler 2-16).


Josh Lawrence (United): Lawrence set the tone for United, smashing a commanding 86 during a crucial first innings. The former United captain has been an ever-present figure this season, and he showed his quality yet again during his eye-catching performance.

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