Jets out to fly above Bloods

November 17, 2017

Northerners Cricket Club coach Steve Allen.

Northerners are clear favourites when they travel to a Vibert Reserve Oval that has had plenty of action already this summer.

Karramomus has played all bar one of its six Haisman Shield matches at its home ground this season, with many more to come.

By the end of the regular season, the Bloods will have hit the road for just three games away.

But Vibert Reserve has not provided much of a home ground advantage this year.

Having defeated Old Students to begin the summer, Karramomus has not had much success there since.

With Northerners a challenging assignment for the Bloods, Jets coach Steve Allen is hopeful his side can capitalise on the pitch.

‘‘We’re at Vibert Reserve and the wicket is a good wicket, but generally we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves on thinking of a certain total,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re playing some pretty good cricket, but we’re never overconfident, we’ve got a healthy respect for Karramomus, they’ve been such a successful club in recent times.’’

But posting unconquerable totals is not always the side’s main focus with Allen saying the side may prefer to chase.

‘‘We’ve played better when we’ve been bowling first against our opposition, that seems to be something we’ve been better at so far, but that may just be the way it’s panned out,’’ he said.

Northerners’ three victories this year have come when bowling first as Mark Nolan continues to be a valuable addition in the attack.

After crossing from Nagambie he has taken seven scalps with Allen saying he is just warming into the season.

‘‘He’s bowled very well and he’s been a very good acquisition to our bowling attack, he’s had one solid contribution with the bat (58 against Shepparton United), but we haven’t seen the best of him yet.’’

Northerners have benefited from a relatively stable line up and will again enter the match with a similar team to last week’s victory against Old Students.

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