Numurkah secured a crucial Haisman Shield win on Saturday, coming away with a six-wicket win against Northerners.
Despite being only five rounds into the season, this match was always going to be crucial considering where the teams are on the ladder.
The Blues grabbed the jump after an excellent bowling performance set them on the path to victory.
Numurkah captain Liam Gledhill said he was thrilled with the effort of his team in winning its third game of the season.
‘‘It was the best we’ve bowled all year,’’ Gledhill said.
‘‘I was working and I didn’t get there until the fourth or fifth over, but we already had them 3-7 at that stage and then they just had to knuckle down and get a total.
‘‘(Matt) Chilcott and ‘Sidey’ (Trent Sidebottom) and Joel Brett batted pretty well, but we were really happy to keep them to 123 in a one-day game.’’
The Blues took their time, despite only having a mediocre total to chase, and only passed Northerners’ score in the 39th over.
‘‘They made us work for it and they bowled really well and sometimes those small targets can be tricky, but we timed it well,’’ Gledhill said.
‘‘We didn’t want to go all guns blazing and try to win it in 20 overs, so we just guttsed it out and it’s pleasing we were able to get there.’’
Dylan Grandell provided a sure hand with an unbeaten 39, while Shaun Downie’s 20 went with his four-wicket haul.
‘‘Shaun Downie was fantastic and he bowled well and steadied the ship,’’ Gledhill said.
‘‘The majority of the top-six have made starts every week and we’ll just keep trying to bat for long periods of the game.’’
Jets bowlers Mark Nolan and Sidebottom were in good form, keeping it tight and grabbing two wickets each.