United on a high, Northerners still alive

February 26, 2018

On his toes: Shepparton United's Will Jackson fields a ball.

Swing and a miss: Northerners batsman Darcy Collins flashes at a wide Sam Nash (Shepparton United) delivery.

Got him: Shepparton United's Sam Nash gets through the gate of Northerners batsman Mark Nolan.

Shepparton United put in an outstanding bowling performance to finish the Haisman Shield season on a high.

After posting 239 last week, United secured its second victory of the campaign by rolling the Jets for just 134 at John Riordan Oval.

Harry Tonks (3-21) made crucial early breakthroughs with the ball, as did captain Dwain Vidler (1-8) and Sam Nash (2-25).

Rehan Bari ground his way to figures of 2-35 from 29 overs to tie down one end, while Matt Barclay (1-37) rounded out the effort from the five-pronged attack.

The highlights for the Northerners were few and far between, but Steve Allen’s side remains alive and will reset before the beginning of next weekend’s finals series.

‘‘They outplayed us both weeks,’’ Allen said.

‘‘They played well with the bat and took early wickets and bowled good lines with the ball.

‘‘We couldn’t get the momentum back at any point throughout the day, so it was a disappointing batting performance, but we live to fight another day.’’

Trent Sidebottom (26 not out) and Darcy Collins (23) were the most productive Jets at the crease, but six of the 11 batsmen failed to better the extras total of nine.

‘‘Darcy batted reasonably solidly at number five,’’ Allen said.

‘‘We were seven down at tea as well, but still managed to bat until close to 5.30pm.

‘‘So there were some positive things, but overall not much to take out of it.’’

The Jets tackle Katandra next week, with Allen keen to see his charges bounce back.

‘‘We were outplayed this week, but you just have to put that behind you,’’ he said.

‘‘What we’ve done throughout the year has gotten us a chance to play finals.

‘‘We’ll go into next week as underdogs, not much will be expected of us from the outside, so we’ve got nothing to lose and we’ll try to enjoy the challenge.’’

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