Blockbuster in the balance

THE top of the table clash between Bundalaguah and Maffra remains in the balance after day one, with Bundalaguah requiring 125 runs, while Maffra will be searching for nine wickets.

With the clash set to have a major bearing on which side finishes top of the Sale-Maffra cricket table, Bundalaguah will resume on 1-11 in reply to Maffra’s 135.

Daniel Bedggood will resume on two, while Adam Cairns is yet to get off the mark.

Bundalaguah still has plenty of batting to come, with Michael Jones, Matt Dowsett, Joel Powell, Nathan Massey and Sam Bedggood to follow, but Maffra boasts a good attack which will make the job as difficult as possible for the ladder leader.

Spin played a big part in restricting Maffra to 135 last week, with Mark Donald and Dowsett taking nine wickets between them.

Maffra spinner Ben Durrant has already inflicted some early damage during Bundalaguah’s innings, opening the bowling and removing Jason Langshaw to boast the figures of 1-1 from five overs. Durrant could bowl a lot of overs tomorrow, and will be a big key in Maffra’s attempt to restrict Bundalaguah.

STRATFORD will be favoured to complete victory over Boisdale-Briagolong, requiring 96 runs with all 10 wickets in-tact.

After becoming set last week, James Alder and Chris Aurisch will aim to pick-up where they left off last week. With Simon Williams capable of making valuable lower order runs, Stratford will be favoured to complete the 96 required runs for victory and keep a hold on third place on the ladder.

Experienced campaigners Travis Millar, and Jack and Neil Tatterson will follow with talented youngsters Taylor Tatterson and Jack Reitschel also capable of making a score.

Early wickets will be the key for the Saints to put as much pressure as possible on Stratford’s lower order.

IN other matches, Sale will resume on 2-8 in reply to Collegians’ 197, and will need a big score from captain Ian Wrigglesworth to get over the line, and Rosedale-Kilmany will be favoured to defend its 233 against Sale City.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.