New challenge for Sale

COMING off victory over Bundalaguah, Sale will look to take it up to ladder leader Rosedale-Kilmany in round eight of Sale-Maffra cricket.

The young Sale side has been on a steady improve in recent times, and will enter the match high on confidence following an upset win over Bundalaguah which saw it enter the top four.

Sale will look to back up its effort from last week, and are capable of at least giving the Warriors a scare, if not winning the contest.

Another good score could be enough to announce itself as a serious finals aspirant, with Sale looking to hold its spot in the top four ahead of the Christmas break.

Rosedale-Kilmany also enter the match in good form, sitting top of the table.

While the Warriors have dropped the points just once this season, it has gone about its business with little fanfare and has flew under the radar.

After just missing out in recent seasons, this year could be the one the Warriors stand up and be counted.

Just percentage separates Bundalaguah, Maffra and Sale below the Warriors, who will be aiming to avoid slipping back to the pack heading into the break.

BOISDALE-Briagolong and Bundalaguah will both look to bounce back from losses in round seven.

Twelve points outside the top four, Boisdale-Briagolong will be hoping it can follow Sale’s lead and upset Bundalaguah to keep in touch with the top four.

Bundalaguah will also have plenty of motivation to bounce back as it aims to keep pace with Rosedale-Kilmany and Maffra in the leading pack.

Both sides suffered minor collapses in losses last week, and the team which establishes more substantial partnerships is likely to determine the winner.

STRATFORD will look to carry its good form and continue its climb up the ladder when it travels to College.

The match comes only days after the sides met in the twenty final.

Needing to build some form in order to make a run towards the top four, the Redbacks were ruthless in their approach last week and will hope to carry that imposing form into the contest against a young Collegians side.

Victory will see Stratford leapfrog Collegians into fifth, and build some momentum for a charge to the top four in the second half of the season.

Collegians have sat inside the top four most of the season to exceed even its own expectations, only dropping out after a loss to a rampant Rosedale-Kilmany last week.

Captain Mark Nicholls knows his young side will need time, but will hope last week was an aberration and aim to take it up to the reigning premier.

MAFFRA will aim to consolidate its position inside the top four with victory over Sale City at Stephenson Park.

Currently sitting third, the Eagles could slip to fifth should it slip up against the Lizards.

Recent results indicate the contest could be a one-sided affair, but the Lizards will aim for a competitive effort to prove its doubters wrong.