A TOP of the table clash between Maffra and Bundalaguah headlines round five of Sale-Maffra cricket.
Both sides are coming off impressive victories, with the winner likely to take top of the table status.
It was Bundalaguah’s experienced players which served it well against Collegians last week. If the Eagles can nullify the impact of Matt Dowsett and Nathan Massey with the bat, and Karl High and Trevor Wrigglesworth with the ball, it will go a long way towards securing the points.
Similarly, Bundalaguah will look to negate Maffra’s key players.
Josh Rurawhe and Brett Lanigan enter the match in form, while Nathan Magnuson and Jake Benfield head the Eagles’ attack.
The match should also feature some quality young talent. Ollie Cantwell kept a cool head in guiding the Eagles home last week, while the Bundalaguah line-up included Lachlan Wrigglesworth and Mitch Rowley.
COLLEGIANS will host Boisdale-Briagolong with a place in the top four up for grabs.
Returning to form last week, the Saints will aim to continue that momentum to leapfrog Collegians into fourth spot.
The Saints boast a good line-up with both bat and ball and will be another test for the young Collegians side.
Mick Roberts, Daniel Cameron, Dylan Bolton and Tom Langshaw were all among the runs last week, while Steve Noble, Toby Leeds and Heath Shingles can also handle the bat.
Mark Nicholls will lead the young Collegians attack, which will need to take wickets at regular intervals.
STRATFORD will aim to take a top four scalp to get its season back on track at home against Rosedale-Kilmany.
The Redbacks returned to some form last week but didn’t get the desired result, pipped by the second-placed Maffra, and will enter the match with confidence they can take it up to the Warriors.
Sitting in seventh but just one win outside the top four, the Redbacks will aim for a much-needed victory to keep in touch.
The third-placed Warriors also have incentive, aiming to keep the pace towards the top of the table. Victory could see the Warriors move to second.
Brad Scott and Rohan Diamond will aim to continue their good form with the bat this week.
SALE will aim to bounce back when it takes on Sale City at Stephenson Park.
Going down to a determined Boisdale-Briagolong outfit last week, Sale will aim to bounce back to keep in touch with the top four.
The Lizards put in an improved effort last week and will look to take it up to its more fancied opponent.