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Red-hot Nolan is rollin’ batsmen for fun

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November 27, 2017

A bowling masterclass from Mark Nolan has paved the way for Northerners to be in a strong position after day one.

A bowling masterclass from Mark Nolan has paved the way for Northerners to be in a strong position after day one.

Tatura started in top fashion, reaching 1-104 before the collapse begun after Joel Brett’s incredible run-out of captain Tim Kelly.

Nolan cleaned up Connor Hayes and opener Michael Archer, who had made an impressive 66, to start the run through Tatura’s order.

Spinner Grant Hutchins formed a brilliant bowling partnership with Nolan, as he kept it tight and let the spearhead do the work with six wickets.

Northerners coach Steve Allen said he was pleased with how his team responded after the early challenge, but still needed to work hard on day two.

‘‘I thought it was a good fightback considering they were 0-70, but a couple of wickets either side of tea were vital,’’ Allen said.

‘‘Nolan’s bowling was terrific with Hutchy (Hutchins), he’s just at the peak of his powers at the minute.

‘‘It was disappointing to lose some wickets in the chase late, but we feel we’re in reasonable position.’’

County cricket star Ryan Sidebottom was again consigned to fielding duties as he works through his program to get him ready to go back to Warwickshire.

But Sidebottom could bowl next week if Tatura gets another chance to bat.

Tom Dinnis and Jess Petherick bowled well to removed Matt Chilcott and captain Mitch Brett, but there is still plenty of batting to come for the Jets.

Opener Ben Pedretti is still there on 14, while Joel Brett got to stumps unbeaten on four.

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