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Haisman Shield preview | Northerners v Numurkah

By Aydin Payne

Northerners face an almighty test tomorrow when they take on Haisman Shield ladder leader Numurkah.

With the Blues sharing the top spot with fierce rival Katandra, Liam Gledhill's men will be aiming to head into the Christmas break in top position.

The Jets enter the round eight contest at Tallygaroopna Recreation Reserve sitting outside the top six and are looking to rebound from last weekend's heavy defeat to Mooroopna.

It was a shock wake-up call for the Jets, as they managed 138 in reply to Mooroopna's 277.

However, Mitch Brett carried the side with a superb 65 off 114 deliveries and continued his strong run of form with the willow.

From his past four knocks, Brett has posted 195 runs at an average of 48.75 and looks to be seeing them like beach balls after a slow start to the season.

Brett's brother Joel has been threatening opposition batsmen with his electrifying pace, with the Jets’ speedster sitting on 20 wickets for the season.

Joel collected 4-49 against the Cats, while fellow opening bowler Ryan Sidebottom managed 2-26.

Once the county cricketer begins to find his rhythm on his old home deck, he will be hard to stop and no doubt cause serious headaches for the reigning premier.

Meanwhile, Numurkah strolls into tomorrow's clash off the back of a dominant performance against Nagambie.

The Blues handed the Lakers their first loss of the season after sublime efforts with the bat from Gledhill (83) and Michael Eckard (64).