Northerners will be looking to keep their season alive against Kyabram after posting a total of 189 during Saturday’s Haisman Shield clash.
In battle of sixth versus ninth, the lower-placed Jets won the toss and elected to bat first as they attempted to not only defeat the Redbacks, but also draw closer to them on the league table.
Played at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve, Jets opener Trent Sidebottom spent only a short time at the crease after he was caught out for just one run.
But the home side soon gathered a little ascendency with Matt Chilcott topping the scorers with 62.
The veteran delivered an impressive innings for the Jets, smashing 10 fours and one six, while Ben Pedretti was next best with 34.
With 200 runs in sight, the hosts lost their last three wickets for just four runs.
Kyabram captain Alec Young and Charlie McLay were the pick of the bowlers for the Redbacks.
The duo finished with figures of 3-40 and 3-43, respectively, while Jackson McLay also chipped in with 2-38.
Jets captain Mitch Brett was pleased with his side’s performance, but would have preferred to end up finishing on the right side of 200.
‘‘We finished around 190 which was okay, but we would have liked a few more runs on a flat track,’’ Brett said.
With finals still a mathematical chance, the Jets will be looking to do everything they can in order to keep their dreams alive.
‘‘Finals are still a chance. Mathematically we can still play, we have to rely on us winning and other results to fall in our favour,’’ Brett said.
‘‘It is a challenge, we are up for it and will try to do everything that we can to win.’’
Kyabram will return to the crease on Saturday 0-0 after Jackson McLay and Kyle Fitzgerald safely negotiated four overs before stumps.
STATE OF PLAY AFTER DAY ONE
Northerners 189 (Matt Chilcott 62, Ben Pedretti 34, Tim Brett 26, Alec Young 3-40, Charlie McLay 3-43) v Kyabram 0-0 (Jackson McLay zero not out, Kyle Fitzgerald zero not out).
Matt Chilcott (Northeners): Chilcott was head and shoulders above the rest on Saturday. The ageless veteran smashed 10 fours and one six on his way to 62. Chilcott’s impressive innings may be enough to get the Jets over the line, despite their low total.