A metronomic spell of bowling from Trent Sidebottom proved the catalyst for a Northerners victory on Saturday.
Old Students were sitting pretty after winning the toss and batting first, reaching 57 without loss as Nick Breslin (30) and Felix Odell (29) saw off the best the Jets’ opening bowlers had to offer with the new ball.
But Sidebottom’s injection into the attack had him take the first four wickets of the match, cracking open Students’ batting line-up and allowing teammates Zane Newbound (3-25) and Josh Sidebottom (3-31) to feast on middle and lower order.
‘‘Trent bowled a really consistent line, he was on top of his game and really put it where he wanted to put it,’’ Northerners coach Steve Allen said.
‘‘Overall it was a good team bowling performance.’’
Sidebottom finished with 4-19 from his nine overs as the Students were bowled out for 135, a much lower score than they were on track for, but still a tricky total to chase brazenly.
Northerners openers Matt Chilcott (50) and Ben Pedretti (32) gave their side the platform it needed to chase the score down though, with young Joel Brett (32 not out) finishing the job.
‘‘Matt and Ben batted really well,’’ Allen said.
‘‘Ben provided good support early for Matt, but they both would have been a bit disappointed to go out.’’
The Students tried almost everything to find a breakthrough with the ball, using nine bowlers in just 36 overs, but Odell (2-27) and Faisal Khan (1-13) were the only two to find any success.
Khan made his Haisman Shield debut alongside fellow import Waqar Ali, but the pair struggled to make an impact on the contest.
The reigning champions have fallen 2 games outside the top six, while the Jets remain ensconced in fifth, although they will not be taking the foot off of the pedal any time soon.
‘‘It’s a really even competition and we’re no chance of getting too far ahead of ourselves,’’ Allen said.
‘‘We need to make sure we do the best we can do and hopefully the results will take care of themselves.’’