Combines clash in the balance

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THE Sale-Maffra cricket match between the two combines could go either way, with Boisdale-Briagolong resuming at 3-35 on Saturday in reply to Rosedale-Kilmany’s 103.

Tom Norman and Daniel Cameron will resume for the Saints, and look to get a positive start tomorrow to make significant in-roads to the 69 runs required for victory.

Captain Dylan Bolton is still to come, along with promising youngsters Louis Howard and Simon Jago, while Jason Phillips and Andrew Nicholas are more than capable of playing a cameo innings if required.

Jack Holt and Max Merton have the early wickets, while captain Brad Scott and Hayden Glover can also apply pressure to ensure the Saints’ run chase isn’t easy.

Redbacks favoured

STRATFORD will be favoured to take eight wickets and hold its undefeated status with Collegians resuming at 2-7.

Collegians will need a big score from one of its established batsmen to be any chance of chasing down the Redbacks’ 214. Captain Mark Nicholls will take guard to resume play, and he will look to the likes of Geoff Wells, Michael Cafferkey, Sam Morelli and Ben Hurley for support.

Jack Tatterson and Simon Williams have an early wicket to their name, and will be looking to inflict more damage while seamers Luke Maguire and Simon Waixel, along with spinner Jack Rietschel, will also look forward to the opportunity when handed the ball.

While he did not bat, Taylor Tatterson has been named in the team and adds another option to an already strong bowling attack.

Bowlers the key

MAFFRA will back its bowling attack to get the job done against a Sale side which has struggled to find some consistency with the bat.

With 232 on the board, Nathan Magnuson will lead the Maffra attack which will look to bowl Sale out at least once.

Captain Ian Wrigglesworth will be a big wicket for the Eagles, but other Sale players are more than capable of getting a score if Maffra get complacent.

Bundy has edge

BUNDALAGUAH has the edge against Sale City, but early wickets to the Lizards could turn the match on its head.

Bundalaguah will resume on 2-44 in reply to the Lizards’ 142 with Sam Bedggood and Adam Cairns at the crease.

Mitch Bennett and Layton Armstrong have the early wickets, while Scott Howarth and Lachie Floyd will also be looking to step up.

With just 97 runs to play with, the Lizards will search for early wickets to get at middle order guns Daniel Bedggood and Matt Dowsett early.