Redbacks on a Jets plane

February 05, 2018

Kyabram has put itself in prime position to host a home final.

With all three Sidebottom brothers absent from the Northerners outfit, the Redbacks kept their opposition to a measly 106 runs.

With Kyabram sitting at 3-55 in reply, captain Alec Young has plenty of faith in his side.

‘‘We lost a few early wickets, which isn’t ideal, but we’ve still got everyone in our team that can bat, so we should be able to chase that down quite easily,’’ he said.

‘‘The higher we finish on the ladder the better position that puts you in and that’s what we’re trying to achieve.’’

Kyabram is sitting in fourth, on the same points as Central Park-St Brendan’s who occupy third spot as all sides chase the perk of hosting a home final.

A win to the Northerners would also present them with the same opportunity although only Joel Brett was able to lead for his side.

On a difficult day Brett scored 40 runs, while Darcy Collins added 21 late in the innings.

Despite being a two-day game, the Redbacks cleaned up their opposition early.

Having bowled just 47.5 overs, Kyabram players could be forgiven for wondering why they were using the red ball.

‘‘They’re obviously a really strong side, so to bowl them out for 106, that’s a really good effort,’’ Young said.

‘‘It was really good, everyone was on target and we took our catches.’’

Charlie McLay was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-22 and earned high praise from his captain.

McLay has had a breakthrough season in Haisman Shield, taking 21 wickets at a strike rate of 25.14.

Jackson McLay was also superb, claiming two scalps as the pair shouldered the majority of their side’s bowling load.

Northerners star Mark Nolan made inroads with the ball early, to help his side take three wickets by the end of the first day’s play.

Opener Kyle Fitzgerald remains at the crease alongside Cade Mueller.

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