Karramomus defies odds

November 20, 2017

Another one: Karramomus' Tim Belford analyses whether to go for another run on his way to 92 for the day.

Rain, rain go away: Karramomus players relax and have a chat in the clubrooms during a one hour rain delay on Saturday.

One way or another: Northerners' batsman Ben Pedretti makes it into his crease despite losing his bat.

On Thursday night the odds were firmly in favour of the Northerners.

Already favourites heading into the match, English county cricket star Ryan Sidebottom was named to significantly bolster his hometown Jets.

But the Bloods were not forced to face the supreme paceman, who did unleash his firepower.

Instead, Karramomus made the most of a flat pitch at Vibert Reserve to post 215 on their way to taking out the match.

But things did not go to plan for the Bloods early.

Openers Nathan Laffy and Luke Forge exited the crease cheaply as the Bloods fell to 4-32.

Enter Tim Belford, who was resolute and efficient in getting his side back on track.

A knock of 92 off 77 balls only ended when Mark Nolan bowled him, with captain Jason Ibbotson thrilled with Belford’s innings in the victory.

‘‘It was really great to win, I’ve been asking the boys for someone to step up and make a good score and Tim stood out and it was probably one of the best knocks I’ve seen him play,’’ he said.

A one-hour rain delay did not faze Belford, who forged ahead having already reached his 30s prior to the break.

Stuart Turner played the supporting role to Belford, making his way to 18 during a 71-run partnership.

Northerners coach Steve Allen said Sidebottom was following a program that may allow him to bowl for the Jets, while Ibbotson said his team would have thrived on the challenging of facing an over from his former Bloods teammate.

‘‘In a way it was nice (not to face him), but it would have been nice to see him bowl,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s understandable why they’re not bowling him, but you want to see blokes like that bowl.’’

Allen said his side could not continue its strong bowling efforts following an impressive beginning.

‘‘We got off to a good start and had them at 4-32, but they recovered well and after the rain break they batted very positively and posted a decent total,’’ he said.

Nolan led the Jets’ attack with 5-44, which alongside Belford also included the scalps of both openers.

He also ended Satwinder Singh’s innings on 42 after the tailender made his valuable runs in a short space of time.

Buoyed by a strong performance with the bat, Singh was full of confidence with the ball.

‘‘He was up and about straight away and he just started where he left off with the bat, we couldn’t get him out of the game, he was running around doing everything,’’ Ibbotson said.

Singh claimed a five-wicket haul from his eight overs, ending Mitch Brett’s and Nolan’s innings as well as ensuring there would be no late charge from the bottom order.

Karramomus dismissed the Northerners for 178 with eight overs remaining.

Again Allen felt his side was just held together by one strong performance, with Joel Brett posting 53 after taking three scalps with the ball.

‘‘They posted a total of 215, which is a good total, but it was still gettable and we had a reasonably solid start, but after a couple of run outs we never got the innings going, besides an individual performance from Joel Brett they outplayed us,’’ he said.

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