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Jets eye victory against Tatura

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December 01, 2017

Mark Nolan was on song for Northerners last week, tearing through Tatura's line-up with a back-to-back five-wicket haul.

The Haisman Shield game between Northerners and Tatura is up for grabs.

But will the weather gods take it out of the Cricket Shepparton teams’ hands?

With a downpour of rain expected across Victoria during the next two days, the chances of there being any play on day two of the clash at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve are slim.

Tatura started in fine fashion last Saturday, batting first on a pitch that is traditionally excellent for piling on runs.

The visitors were 1-104 and cruising before disaster struck, with Joel Brett producing a stunning run-out to send star captain Tim Kelly packing for 39.

Michael Archer produced his best knock of the season at the top of the order, hitting 66.

But when Archer and Kelly were dismissed in quick succession, Tatura’s middle and lower order crumbled to be all-out for 151.

Mark Nolan ripped through Tatura’s line-up with a back-to-back five-wicket haul, finishing with 6-50, as he bowled in tandem with spinner Grant Hutchins.

Tatura lost 6-11 to put Northerners in a strong position of consolidating their spot in the top-six with a fourth win of the season.

But the Jets didn’t have it all their own way when they went out to bat, losing opener Matt Chilcott and captain Mitch Brett before stumps.

If play resumes, Northerners will be 2-36 after 17 overs with Ben Pedretti (14 not out) and Joel Brett at the crease.

Import Tom Dinnis shapes as a key player for Tatura, having taken 13 wickets this season at an average of 15.2.

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