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Redbacks put back in box

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October 23, 2017

In a dominant display with the ball, the Northerners were able to curtail Kyabram — the Haisman Shield’s highest-scoring side.

In a dominant display with the ball, the Northerners were able to curtail Kyabram — the Haisman Shield’s highest-scoring side.

On a good wicket at Tallygaroopna, the Redbacks won the toss and elected to bat first before Mark Nolan (2-13), Trent Sidebottom (2-16), Grant Hutchins (2-8) and Zane Newbound (2-23) tore through the visitors’ batting line-up.

The Redbacks bowed out for 99 after 35.4 overs, with only two batsmen contributing more than 20 runs, an effort coach Glen Hart described as ‘‘terrible’’.

‘‘Credit to the Northerners, they bowled exceptionally well, while we were terrible really, our shot selection was poor and we were made to pay for it,’’ Hart said.

‘‘The result is disappointing, they are a good outfit and we will be looking to bounce back.’’

Kyle Mueller was run out on 24, Ben McLay top scored with 28, while English import Eliott Callis felt the full wrath of a Tyson Sidebottom delivery on nine.

Fellow import Tom Oliver was dismissed for a duck, while the Redbacks’ middle-order collapsed, losing four for six runs.

The Jets successfully chased down the Redbacks’ total with 14 overs to spare, eventually finishing on 6-101.

Opening batsman Ben Pedretti led from the front scoring 30 runs, while others around him fell, that was until Darcy Collins (23) came to the fore.

They combined for a match-winning partnership where they put on 54 runs together to ensure their side would reach triple figures.

Despite not featuring prominently with the bat, Callis, however, did find three scalps with the ball, finishing on 3-25.

Jets coach Steve Allan was relatively pleased with his side’s display, hoping it could continue to build on its good start to the season.

‘‘I thought it was our best bowling performance so far this season, we bowled well in partnerships and we were really able to nullify their batsmen,’’ Allan said.

‘‘I could not fault the boys’ efforts on Saturday, they were brilliant. It was a really good team performance.’’

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