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Good ‘Golly’, he’s back bowling

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December 08, 2017

First-class cricketer Ryan Sidebottom (right) is set to resume bowling for his hometown club Northerners against Central Park-St Brendan's this round.

Central Park-St Brendan’s are not concerned about potentially facing up to a first-class fast bowler.

County cricket star Ryan Sidebottom is expected to be unleashed in the Haisman Shield match tomorrow at Deakin Reserve.

Sidebottom has been following an off-season training program his English club Warwickshire has set out and has not bowled in his first two Cricket Shepparton appearances for the season.

However, he could be right to send down some thunderbolts against the Tigers.

Central Park coach Andrew Cowen said the man they call ‘‘Golly’’ bowling to his side had not entered their thoughts.

‘‘Northerners’ game has been built mainly around their bowling this season, so they’re going to be competitive from that point of view,’’ Cowen said.

‘‘But we’ve ultimately just tried to focus on our game and we haven’t worried about whether if he’s (Sidebottom) going to play or not.’’

Central Park will be without three young stars for the match, with Ethan Baxter away on the Marist Cricket Carnival, Josh Larkin touring with the Victoria Country under-19 squad and Connor Holland involved in a hockey tournament interstate.

But the Tigers’ cricket factory means fellow young guns Andrew Lloyd and Aidan Lloyd will be straight into the side.

Northerners coach Steve Allen said the Jets needed to rectify aspects of its game in an important clash in the context of their season.

The Jets sit in fifth on the ladder, equal on points with Mooroopna and only half a game behind Kyabram.

‘‘We’re expecting a tough battle because they’ve (Central Park-St Brendan’s) been the premier side for more than a decade and they always play some disciplined cricket,’’ Allen said.

‘‘It’s a big game for us to stay in touch with a couple of sides and it will give a good indication of where we’re at in the competition.

‘‘Our batting has been good in some instances, but a bit disappointing in others so it’s vital we play well here.’’

Northerners were well placed against Tatura round before wet weather intervened and washed out the second day’s play.

Mark Nolan has been in sensational form with the ball, taking 11 wickets in the past two games, while spinner Grant Hutchins is coming into his own during the two-day games.

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