Northerners will be out for redemption tomorrow.
The Jets crashed back to earth last weekend with a defeat to previously winless Tatura and will look to make amends at Tallygaroopna against Numurkah.
Northerners, who have made the past three Haisman Shield grand finals, took some excellent form into the fixture after big wins against Old Students and Karramomus.
But some inspired batting from Tatura’s top order in Caiden Pratt and Tim Kelly sparked it into action and the Jets were unable to chase down the total of 227.
Northerners captain Mitch Brett and Andrew Boyington were batting well and were on track to give the target a nudge, but veteran Peter Watt turned destroyer and claimed four wickets with his medium-pacers.
The Jets are 3-3 and have done it with a number of changes from last season’s grand final side.
Tyson Sidebottom is having a season off, while star spinner Grant Hutchins has left for Nathalia.
Numurkah knows all about the challenges Tatura pose and almost came unstuck a week before the Jets.
The Blues snuck home by a wicket two weeks ago, but were no match for Central Park-St Brendan’s last week.
Liam Gledhill’s side was able to bat out its 45 overs against the Tigers, but 133 was never going to be enough when you’re facing a star-studded batting line-up.
Numurkah’s best can be good enough, but just like last season, there can be an over-reliance on Gledhill to get the job done.
Tim Braybon and Tim Arnel have been working hard with bat and ball.