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Kent wants to Fire Brigade's momentum to continue

Kyabram Fire Brigade captain Daniel Kent wants his side to go into the Christmas break unbeaten when it faces up to Northern United on Saturday.

MATTHEW GALEA December 12, 2013 4:15am

Fire Brigade captain Daniel Kent is urging his side to stay focused and go into the Christmas break on a high.

Kyabram Fire Brigade has taken full advantage of a good draw during the first half of the season, says captain Daniel Kent.

The Flames are one of three teams to boast a 100 per cent record heading into the final round of Goulburn Murray Cricket action before the Christmas break and Kent won’t be completely satisfied unless his side keeps that record intact this weekend against Northern United.

‘‘We set a goal to be well placed come Christmas,’’ Kent said.

‘‘We knew we had a good draw, so we wanted to get as many wins on the board as possible.

‘‘It’s the last game before Christmas and we don’t want to undo all the good work we’ve done to this point and drop this game, so we’ll be hell-bent on winning.’’

Tyler Isitt’s stunning century on day one of last round’s match against Bamawm-Lockington United coupled with his consistently good performances with the ball makes him just another key figure in what is looking an impressive Flames side.

‘‘He’s been excellent with the ball all year, but his innings last week was fantastic,’’ Kent said.

‘‘It puts another feather in our cap with our batting.’’

That will come in handy with the GMC returning to the one-day format this weekend.

‘‘It is a bit of a change back, but we have a T20 game this week, so that will make for good practice,’’ Kent said.

‘‘You still have to bowl in the right ways and to the right areas and be a bit more aggressive with the batting, but we’re usually quite aggressive with the bat, so that suits us fine.’’

Dave Newman is the only doubt for the Flames having pulled up sore from last week, but Kent did not expect any other changes.

Northern United has struggled for wins this season, but has rarely been anything other than competitive in individual fixtures.

A round four win over Stanhope remains United’s only triumph of the season, but a spirited showing against Rochester Tigers last week may have lifted morale among Brad Jones’ team.

United kept the Tigers to 212 before scoring 145 runs itself and it will hope to limit the Flames’ firing batting order on Saturday as it searches for a second win of the season.

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