Shepparton United chasing two wins in a row

By Alex Mitchell

Fresh from opening its Cricket Shepparton A-grade season with a big win, Shepparton United will look to make it two wins in a row when it battles Northerners tomorrow.

At Princess Park, United will be looking to double down on an opening round upset of reigning premier Katandra, in which it delivered with bat and ball to tame the Eagles.

It was a slightly different story for the Jets, leaving their Tallygaroopna clash with Euroa with the points yet with a lot to work on, after winning by two wickets.

The Jets had a devastating five-wicket haul from Mitch Brett and an unbeaten 36 from Trent Sidebottom to thank for their win, but coach Steve Allen knows they will not get away with mistakes this weekend.

‘‘They’re coming off a win against the reigning premiers and last round of last year they beat us at their home ground,’’ Allen said.

‘‘We expect a tough contest, they seem to have batted well and we’re expecting a big challenge.

‘‘There’s certainly plenty to improve, our fielding was untidy, we bowled reasonably, but it could have been better.’’

A top-order improvement is the number one need, with Matthew Chilcott (2 runs), Andrew Boyington (0), Darcy Collins (0) and Mitch Brett (8) all failing in the top four.

‘‘We’ll certainly be looking to make a more solid start with the bat this time,’’ Allen said.

‘‘I think consolidating those opening partnerships would be most important, a solid start is crucial for a good innings.

‘‘We’re focused on how we can improve, but we expect a pretty tough game.’’

United’s priority will be continuing where it left off with the bat, having carved Katandra up for 9-211 in 45 overs.

It was a balanced batting display as Sam Kershaw top scored with 54, the side able to deliver even with star man Rehan Bari making just two.