Patient Redbacks sting slowly, keep home final hopes alive

February 12, 2018

Kyabram’s chances of securing a home final remain alive.

Kyabram’s chances of securing a home final remain alive.

The Redbacks reeled in the required victory total of 107 against Northerners with little trouble, patiently waiting for the opposition’s bowling attack to make a mistake before capitalising.

Kyabram’s measured approach with the bat after resuming on 3-55 at the start of day two was highlighted by the side hitting just seven boundaries in its eventual total of 162 from 83.4 overs.

Kyle Fitzgerald (43) and Cade Mueller (24) were the only two wickets to fall before the Redbacks saluted, with Kyle Mueller (40) then getting in some solid batting practice to finish the innings.

After posting just 106 with the bat, the Jets were always going to be facing an uphill battle to secure success, but Mark Nolan (2-31) and Grant Hutchins (2-19) still led a decent bowling performance.

‘‘Obviously our start with the bat was fairly disappointing and we never really recovered,’’ Northerners coach Steve Allen said.

‘‘Once you only score 106 against a side like Kyabram it’s always going to be tough.

‘‘We bowled fairly consistently, but Ky were very patient and grinded out the win, we just did not have enough runs on the board.’’

Zane Newbound (1-25), Kyle Winter-Irving (1-15), Joel Brett (1-30) and Trent Sidebottom (1-16) also got among the wickets for the Jets, but could not rout the Redbacks quickly enough for victory.

The win keeps Kyabram (fourth) in touch with Central Park-St Brendan’s (third) on the ladder, with both sides on 48 points ahead of final-round matches against Tatura and Karramomus, respectively.

Allen’s Northerners remain just six points above seventh spot though, so will need a strong performance against Shepparton United to make sure of post-season action.

‘‘It’s important that we play well next week and do everything that we want to do well,’’ Allen said.

‘‘We certainly just need to bat sensibly and put more runs on the board.

‘‘You can bowl as well as you like, but if you can’t put any runs on the board, you’re making it hard for yourself.’’

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