Consistency with the bat has given Northerners a huge headstart in its round 10 Haisman Shield fixture against Central Park-St Brendan’s.
Every member of the visiting side who strode to the Deakin Reserve crease was able to make at least 14 runs, with openers Ryan Sidebottom (39) and Andrew Boyington (47) starting the innings magnificently and Mitch Brett (64 not out) and Tim Brett (50) finishing it off superbly.
Jets skipper Brett was full of praise for his charges after they made 6-283 from their 80 overs — the side’s highest total in Cricket Shepparton’s top tier since February 13, 2016.
‘‘It is a good score and the best score we’ve made in a long time,’’ Brett said.
‘‘If you had offered it to me at the start of play I would have taken it every day of the week, especially against Central Park.
‘‘We had a good opening partnership of 90 and it was a good wicket to bat on, it kept low a little bit but if you played straight you got runs.
‘‘It was good to bat the 80 overs as well, it’s something we don’t do often.’’
As well as the huge opening partnership, the Bretts put on 73 for the fifth wicket to make sure the good start to the day — which began with winning the toss — was not squandered.
‘‘It was an unreal toss to win, touch wood I’ve been pretty good, I think I’ve only lost one for the year,’’ Brett said.
‘‘It was hot enough out there for me batting and I was only out there for two hours.
‘‘But we’ve only got half of the job done, we need to capitalise.
‘‘There’s no point scoring 283 if we go out and bowl ordinary and lose the game, so it’s only a good score if we defend it.’’
For the Tigers, Brendan Scott (2-76) and Ethan Baxter (2-78) were made to work hard for their wickets in the heat of the day, while Pat Cormican (0-31 from 16 overs) also toiled well.
Connor Holland (1-21) and Tyrone Bradley (1-30) were the other members of the home side to snare a wicket as the Jets used up every allotted delivery on the first day of play.
STATE OF PLAY
Northerners 6-283 (Mitch Brett 64 not out, Tim Brett 50, Andrew Boyington 47, Brendan Scott 2-76, Ethan Baxter 2-78) v Central Park-St Brendan’s.
Mitch Brett (Northerners): The Jets’ skipper played a strong hand in steering his side to what could be a winning total, making an unbeaten 64 from 103 deliveries in tough conditions.