STRATFORD will be favoured to secure victory when play resumes in round seven of Sale-Maffra cricket tomorrow.
Having already lost round six century maker Jarryd Floyd, Sale City will resume on 1-27 chasing Stratford’s 8-304.
James Alder set-up Stratford’s big total with a century last week, and the Lizards will also need someone to stand up and make a big score if they are to get close to the required target.
With Neil Tatterson and Luke Maguire playing second grade, Stratford has some depth and its bowling attack will still be favoured to get the job done tomorrow despite missing Simon Waixel.
COLLEGIANS appears on track to cause an upset and defeat the second-placed Maffra.
Winless so far this season, Collegians requires a further 84 runs with nine wickets in hand to record its first victory.
With Matt Foster and Ben Hurley at the crease, the home side still has plenty of batting to come with the young but talented middle order of Nick Grainger, Jayden Allison and Brenton Rees likely to get the opportunity to play a big role in guiding Collegians to victory.
Collegians also has some experience to come in captain Mark Nicholls, Stuart Anderson and Geoff Wells but will have its work cut out against a Maffra attack including competition leading wicket taker Nathan Magnuson, while Jon Dovey and Ben Durrant are also in the top 10.
IN other matches, Bundalaguah has seized the initiative in its match against Boisdale-Briagolong, with spin again likely to play a big part, and the game between Sale and Rosedale-Kilmany remains in the balance, with the Warriors 0-12 chasing the visitor’s 171.
For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.