Preparing as if heat is non-issue

January 05, 2018

Big bats: Andrew Riordan and three of his Katandra teammates have amassed more than 200 runs this season.

Extreme weather is likely to shorten a tantalising Haisman Shield fixture between Northerners and Katandra.

But whether the red ball contest is played across two days or one has little bearing on the preparation for both teams, who remain wary about the other’s ability to dominate a match.

‘‘We have to approach it like we’re playing on Saturday,’’ Jets coach Steve Allen said.

‘‘Katandra was in pretty good form before Christmas and we look forward to the challenge against the top side in the competition.’’

The Jets will take plenty of confidence from a round nine victory against Central Park-St Brendan’s into the clash against the Eagles, but know how important this fixture is in terms of their finals hopes.

‘‘The win against Central Park will give the whole group some confidence,’’ Allen said.

‘‘As a bowling unit we restricted them well and with the bat we chased the score down well too.

‘‘But every game this year seems to be tight and this is another important one, so we need to be at our best.’’

Katandra captain Jedd Wright was confident his charges could ride the wave of a one-day competition triumph into the two-day format.

‘‘They (Northerners) are a really good team, so we have to play well,’’ he said.

‘‘We really enjoy the two-day format, it suits our batting depth a lot more than the one-day games.’’

The Eagles are capable of producing huge totals in either format though, with Luke Nolan (281 at 31.22), Wright (256 at 28.44), Ben Clurey (256 at 25.60) and Andrew Riordan (235 at 29.38) all in the top dozen batters in the competition.

Like the Jets, Wright’s men will prepare as if they are playing tomorrow at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve as well.

‘‘I’d say everyone will be preparing the same and treating it as if they’re going to play tomorrow,’’ Wright said.

Last time the two outfits met was in round one, when the Eagles claimed a five-wicket win in just 26 overs.

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