Lower sides look for upsets

THOSE outside the top four on the Sale-Maffra cricket ladder will be looking to cause upsets as two-day cricket continues in round seven.

With the Saturday-Sunday experiment done for season 2012-13, done to avoid playing on December 22, just three days before Christmas, the top sides will be looking to consolidate their top four standing over the next two rounds in the lead-up to the Christmas break.

LADDER leader Bundalaguah could be tested away from home by Boisdale-Briagolong.

After making a slow start to the season in the one-dayers, Boisdale-Briagolong has surged up the ladder to sit in fifth spot. With several batsmen coming into form recently, the Saints will be hoping to make another good score against Bundalaguah.

Spin has been a dominant factor for Bundalaguah this season, with captain Matt Dowsett and Mark Donald taking 31 wickets between them, while opening bowler Aaron Lynch has quickly found form on his return.

Michael Jones and Dowsett are averaging more than 50 with the bat and will be key wickets for Boisdale-Briagolong.

MAFFRA will be hoping to keep within striking distance of top spot when it travels to Sale to play a Collegians side still searching for its first win.

Captain Mark Nicholls and Jayden Allison were among the runs two weeks ago but will need plenty of support against a disciplined bowling attack led by Nathan Magnuson, Ben Durrant and Jon Dovey who all have more than 10 wickets to be among the top 10 in the competition.

Collegians’ young bowlers may again find the going tough against a Maffra side that bats deep, with Mark and Luke Nicholls again a possibility to bowl a lot of overs.

IN the other matches, having re-established itself in the top four, Stratford will be hoping to create a larger buffer than its current four points when it hosts Sale City, and Rosedale-Kilmany will host Sale in an intriguing contest between third and sixth with both sides aiming to bounce back from losses in round six.

´╗┐For more, including “Quick Singles”, read Friday’s Gippsland TImes.