Quick sticks a must

February 09, 2018

Kyabram's Cade Mueller will look to gather first innings points for his side quickly tomorrow.

The opening spell from the Northerners’ bowlers tomorrow will shape the innings.

Travelling to Kyabram for the second day of play in the Haisman Shield, the Jets are in a dangerous position after managing to post just 106.

Joel Brett was the only Northerners batsman to fire, but with a small total to defend his teammates are doing admirably with the ball.

The Redbacks sit at 3-55 with Grant Hutchins responsible for keeping a lid on Kyabram’s scoring.

But Redbacks captain Alec Young has no doubts about his side’s ability to finish off the job.

‘‘We lost a few early wickets which isn’t ideal, but we’ve still got everyone in the side that can bat, so we should be able to chase that down quite easily,’’ he said.

There is no surer set of batsmen at Kyabram than the two at the crease.

Opener Kyle Fitzgerald has put on 32 and appears solid, with Cade Mueller alongside him.

While Mueller’s scores have been inconsistent across Haisman Shield action, he has enjoyed taking the field in Twenty20 matches.

Displaying his ability to score runs at a blistering rate, he could have first innings points sewn up shortly after play resumes.

Mark Nolan will again shoulder a heavy bowling load for Northerners, while Kyle Winter-Irving will look to impress in his first Haisman Shield match.

But Kyabram will be looking to stave off their approach and do justice to the positive work of its bowlers.

Toiling each round to be one of the best bowling sides in the league, Young said his side’s positive work ethic was the reason for the success that has set it up for a win.

‘‘We just try to be as disciplined as we can and bowl to our field and make it as hard as possible for opponents to score,’’ he said.

The Redbacks have a home final on the line, looking to overtake Central Park-St Brendan’s and move into third place.

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