A TOP of the table clash between Rosedale-Kilmany and Bundalaguah will headline round six of Sale-Maffra cricket, with the victor to take top spot.
Nathan Massey scored his second century of the season two weeks ago, and looms as a key wicket if the second-placed Warriors are to prevail. He heads a batting line-up with exceptional talent which is looming as a dangerous prospect.
The Warriors were impressive with the ball in round five, taking 17 wickets, and will need to carry the same form in order to restrict the talented Bundalaguah batting line-up.
In the batting department, Brad Scott enters the match in form with a century against the Redbacks, but will need support to help the Warriors to a competitive total.
MAFFRA will aim to bounce back when it hosts a confident Collegians side.
With Sale only percentage points behind both teams, victory will be at a premium with a loss bringing the possibility of dropping out of the top four.
Collegians enter the contest in winning form, prevailing in a tight contest over Boisdale-Briagolong last week. Matt Foster led the way with the bat, Mark Nicholls with the ball and Collegians will again look to its senior players to step-up.
With Maffra battling hard to contain an in-from Nathan Massey two weeks ago, the Eagles will be more confident of restricting Collegians to an achievable target.
Several Maffra batsmen made starts last week, and the Eagles will look to one of its experienced players to go on and get a good score.
Both sides boast a 3-2 record and appear evenly matched, with both the Eagles and Collegians boasting talented youth to complement their established senior players.
VICTORY for Sale could see it climb into the top four, but it won’t come easy against a Stratford side aiming to get its season back on track.
The Redbacks sit 12 points behind the rivals above them vying for a top four spot, including Sale, and will be aiming for victory to close the gap.
Bowled out for 92 two weeks ago, Stratford will be aware a low total could prove costly against an improving Sale side hungry to taste finals cricket. The Redbacks’ improved with the bat in its second innings last week, and will hope to carry that form into this match.
Sale’s seamers loom as a significant threat, with Layton Armstrong leading the effort to bowl out Sale City twice with seven wickets for the match.
With Stratford also boasting a disciplined attack, Sale will again look to its top order to get off to a good start and hope the Swans can continue that momentum for the remainder of the contest.
BOISDALE-Briagolong will aim to keep in touch with the top four with victory over Sale City.
The Saints went down to Collegians in a tight contest last week, and will be out to remind the competition they should still be regarded as contenders.
Several batsmen made starts last week as the Saints just fell short, and its top and middle order will look to again provide the impetus for a good total.
The Lizards did well with the ball, holding Sale to 6-118 before a declaration, but will need improvement with the bat if it is to match it with the Saints.