Paradise Ireland

October 09, 2017

Katandra veteran Ray Ireland tore through Northerners on Saturday with a hat-trick among his four wickets.

A Ray Ireland hat-trick proved the catalyst behind a dominant Katandra victory on Saturday.

Northerners won the toss and chose to bat first in the round one Haisman Shield clash at Katandra, and had fought hard to reach 3-69 after a slow start.

With a platform laid, the Jets were primed for an assault on the Eagles’ bowling attack in the one-day fixture.

But Ireland had other ideas.

Snaring four wickets in quick succession, Ireland made sure the Jets could not find any momentum and helped them slump to 7-72 with figures of 4-14.

‘‘He (Ireland) bowled really well,’’ Katandra captain Jedd Wright said.

‘‘He’s always been a good bowler and sometimes he doesn’t get rewards for his effort, but this time he did.

‘‘We all bowled really well though, it was a consistent effort.’’

The Jets could only manage 124, but coach Steve Allen thought the situation could have been even worse if not for Mitch Brett (45) and Trent Sidebottom (24).

‘‘It was not a good start, perhaps we just struggled to get a partnership together batting first,’’ he said.

‘‘We were probably lucky to get to 120 in the end.’’

Corey Hickford (2-16) and Michael Peters (2-21) also took multiple wickets for the Eagles, but Wright said his charges let the Jets off of the hook.

‘‘It was probably disappointing that we didn’t finish the bowling as well as we should have,’’ he said.

The Eagles, despite losing early wickets, never looked in trouble during the chase and reached the required total in just 26 overs, with Wright (47) and Andrew Riordan (24) the top scorers.

‘‘It was good to get the win pretty quickly, but it was disappointing that Riordo and I went out, it would have been nice to finish it off together,’’ Wright said.

‘‘So there’s plenty to work on and hopefully we can get another win next week.’’

Joel Brett took 2-11 for Northerners, but his side struggled to contain Katandra after worrying its batters early.

‘‘I think our opening pair bowled reasonably well, but as the innings progressed we weren’t really able to bowl with any consistency or pressure,’’ Allen said.

‘‘It’s a disappointing start, but there’s plenty of cricket to be played, it’s how we respond to this which will be key.’’

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