Jets get a fly­ing start

NORTH­ERN­ERS LOOK LIKE A GOOD BRETT AF­TER BATSMEN TAKE A LIK­ING TO BOWLERS

Shepparton News - - HAISMAN SHIELD - By Tyler Ma­her

Con­sis­tency with the bat has given North­ern­ers a huge head­start in its round 10 Hais­man Shield fix­ture against Cen­tral Park-St Bren­dan’s.

Ev­ery mem­ber of the vis­it­ing side who strode to the Deakin Re­serve crease was able to make at least 14 runs, with open­ers Ryan Side­bot­tom (39) and An­drew Boy­ing­ton (47) start­ing the in­nings mag­nif­i­cently and Mitch Brett (64 not out) and Tim Brett (50) fin­ish­ing it off su­perbly.

Jets skip­per Brett was full of praise for his charges af­ter they made 6-283 from their 80 overs — the side’s high­est to­tal in Cricket Shep­par­ton’s top tier since Fe­bru­ary 13, 2016.

‘‘It is a good score and the best score we’ve made in a long time,’’ Brett said.

‘‘If you had of­fered it to me at the start of play I would have taken it ev­ery day of the week, es­pe­cially against Cen­tral Park.

‘‘We had a good open­ing part­ner­ship of 90 and it was a good wicket to bat on, it kept low a lit­tle bit but if you played straight you got runs.

‘‘It was good to bat the 80 overs as well, it’s some­thing we don’t do of­ten.’’

As well as the huge open­ing part­ner­ship, the Bretts put on 73 for the fifth wicket to make sure the good start to the day — which be­gan with win­ning the toss — was not squan­dered.

‘‘It was an un­real toss to win, touch wood I’ve been pretty good, I think I’ve only lost one for the year,’’ Brett said.

‘‘It was hot enough out there for me bat­ting and I was only out there for two hours.

‘‘But we’ve only got half of the job done, we need to cap­i­talise.

‘‘There’s no point scor­ing 283 if we go out and bowl or­di­nary and lose the game, so it’s only a good score if we de­fend it.’’

For the Tigers, Bren­dan Scott (2-76) and Ethan Bax­ter (2-78) were made to work hard for their wick­ets in the heat of the day, while Pat Cormi­can (0-31 from 16 overs) also toiled well.

Con­nor Hol­land (1-21) and Ty­rone Bradley (1-30) were the other mem­bers of the home side to snare a wicket as the Jets used up ev­ery al­lot­ted de­liv­ery on the first day of play.

You Brett-cha: Mitch Brett was again handy with the bat as North­ern­ers com­piled a big score.

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