Close one-day contests expected

ONE-day action returns for round seven of Sale-Maffra cricket with close contests expected.

While undefeated in one-day cricket this season, the Warriors can expect a big test from an improving Collegians side.

While undefeated in one-day cricket this season, the Warriors can expect a big test from an improving Collegians side.

Percentage points separate the Warriors from top spot on the Sale-Maffra ladder, but such is the evenness of the competition a loss could see it drop to the pack.

Brad Scott is coming off two centuries, while Rohan Diamond has added another string to his bow, proving to be a handy option with the ball. Both sit in the top 10 rankings for batsmen and bowlers and will again be the players to watch.

While Collegians boasts a young side, it has been the experienced players who have been instrumental in its early season success. Matt Foster has led the way with the bat, while captain Mark Nicholls heads the bowling rankings.

Collegians may well again carry the underdog tag, but another opportunity to stand up and be noticed presents itself.

LADD ER leader Bundalaguah will aim to get the job done against Sale, who won’t go down without a fight.

A loss to Sale, who will move into the top four should it win, could see Bundalaguah lose top spot should Rosedale-Kilmany account for Collegians.

Nathan Massey has carried the load with the bat, but underestimate the other Bundalaguah middle order batsmen at your peril. Adam Cairns has been handy with the ball, adding another dimension to the attack.

Ian Wrigglesworth and Layton Armstrong have been the key play-makers for Sale with bat and ball respectively.

BOISDA LE-Bri agolon g will aim to cause an upset and bridge the gap to the top four when it hosts Maffra.

Some impressive form from Brett Lanigan and Josh Rurawhe with the bat see Maffra sit in third, but the Saints also boast their share of dangerous players. Mick Roberts leads the batting, while Dylan Bolton leads the bowling for the club.

Victory for Maffra will see it climb the one-day standings at the Saints’ expense.

STRATFORD will look for a much-needed win when it hosts Sale City.

The Redbacks sit 12 points outside the top four, and will recognise the need to start making a move to bridge the gap. The Redbacks’ run towards the top four could start this week, up against a Sale City side searching for its first win.

With three players in the top five of the bowling rankings, the Redbacks will aim to step it up with their batting to post a competitive score.

The Lizards find themselves with a similar scenario, needing more from its batsmen to support the bowlers.