Eagles can smile after a great escape

March 05, 2018

Three of the best: Chris Skolyarev picked up three crucial wickets as Katandra rolled Northerners for just 79.

Katandra used a get out of jail free card early in Haisman Shield finals, with a brilliant bowling performance saving the Eagles from a shock loss.

The 29-run win ended Northerners’ campaign, a surprise given the Jets produced the goods on day one of the weekend’s clash to bowl the Eagles out for a miserly 108.

But they found the going just as tough, losing two late wickets on Saturday to be 2-16 overnight before a disappointing collapse left them all out for 79.

Eagles skipper Jedd Wright was under no illusions his side had got away with one.

‘‘We got out of jail, that’s how we’re looking at it,’’ he said.

‘‘Hopefully we front up against Kyabram and produce better than that.

‘‘But we always thought if we bowled well and stopped partnerships forming we were a chance (to defend 108).’’

After winning the toss, electing to bat and losing openers Ben Clurey and Chris Skolyarev for 10, Katandra took control as top-scorer Luke Nolan (25) and Wright (14) got going.

But a spell of absolute magic from Zane Newbound turned the game on its head.

Newbound rattled off four vital wickets — Wright, Nolan, Hadleigh Sirett and Michael Peters — to spin Katandra from 3-76 to 7-85.

It scrapped to 108 with 13 invaluable runs from Brady Black, Grant Hutchins picking up the final three wickets.

Northerners’ major task was to get through to stumps with 10 wickets in hand — but things quickly turned pear-shaped as Matt Chilcott (0) and Mitch Brett (6) went in the 12-over period.

But the Jets came to fight yesterday morning, recovering from the loss of Trent Sidebottom to move to 3-52 at drinks, with Ben Pedretti and Mark Nolan the remaining bats.

Once that pair fell though the Jets’ defence went with them, quickly slipping from the winnable position of 5-65 to be all out for 79.

In a balanced bowling display, Corey Hickford led the way with 3-15 coming from 12 overs, Skolyarev also stepping up with three huge scalps.

Jets coach Steve Allen was thoroughly disappointed his side couldn’t capitalise on the day one magic.

‘‘We set ourselves up for a good opportunity to win with a fairly disciplined bowling performance,’’ he said.

‘‘But after a good hour on day two, we were 3-50 at drinks, we lost a couple of wickets and after that it was just a pretty disappointing end to the year.

‘‘It was probably disappointing because it was in our hands and we couldn’t step up.

‘‘We had a really good opportunity to do well in finals and we let it slip. It was ours to lose and unfortunately that’s exactly what happened.’’

Wright said his side’s belief had never faltered.

‘‘It’s always good to get the win, I think both sides just bowled really well, but the batting wasn’t great,’’ he said.

‘‘We were pretty disappointed with the way we batted, so it’s really good we could back it up with the ball.

‘‘We always thought if we bowled well and stopped partnerships forming we were a chance.

‘‘It was good to see some great fielding, Micky Peters took a couple of blinders which didn’t hurt either.’’

The Eagles will face Kyabram next week after the Redbacks’ 91-run win against Central Park-St Brendan’s.

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