It is do or die for Northerners tomorrow as they look to defend 189 against Kyabram in the Haisman Shield.
With only one round to go following the completion of tomorrow’s match, a loss for the Jets would mean season over for the grand finalists of the past three summers.
Played at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve, the ninth-placed Jets won the toss as they attempted to not only defeat the Redbacks, but also draw closer to them on the league table.
With plenty to play for, Jets batsman 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.
Kyabram will return to the crease at 0-0 after Jackson McLay and Kyle Fitzgerald safely negotiated four overs before stumps.
Like their opponents the visitors are also playing for a finals spot, despite already sitting in the top six.
Kyabram captain Alec Young is wary of what is to come, as a desperate Jets side will want to remain in the hunt.
‘‘They will obviously throw everything they have at us, they must win, so it should make for an interesting match,’’ Young said.
Young understands the significance of tomorrow’s innings.
‘‘It is a must win for both teams really, we need to win to keep our season alive,’’ Young said.
On a decent pitch and a fast outfield, the Redbacks all-rounder is not looking at finals just yet as he believed a score of 189 was reachable.
‘‘If we bat out the 80 overs, we will be in with a real good chance,’’ Young said.
‘‘We have to focus week by week, we can not be looking at next week’s game against Katandra.’’