Bulls to expect Eagles challenge

TOP of the table Bundalaguah can expect a challenge from third-placed Maffra as one-day action continues in round 10 of Sale-Maffra cricket.

The Bulls scored a big win over Collegians last week, but will meet a Maffra side aiming to bounce back and keep pace with the ladder leaders.

Going down to a Stratford outfit determined to turn its fortunes around and qualify for finals, the Eagles will look to take a big scalp to set-up their bid for a top two finish.

Brett Lanigan, Josh Rurawhe and Jake Benfield all managed starts last week but couldn’t go on with it. They will need to capitalise this week to lead the batting and post a total Maffra can defend.

With Bundalaguah’s top order in sublime form, posting the mammoth score of 3-305 last week, that task could prove difficult.

The Eagles will look to take early wickets but with Bundalaguah batting deep, their bowlers will need to be disciplined for the full 40 overs to restrict the Bulls.

ROSEDALE-Kilmany will meet Stratford, with both sides having plenty to play for.

Victory for the Warriors will help consolidate their top two status, while a loss will be a setback in the Redbacks’ ambitions to climb into the top four.

The Redbacks enter in good form, winning three on the trot to sit six points outside the top four. With Sale favoured to get the job done over Sale City, a loss could see that gap extend back out to 12 points.

With their match at Stephenson Park abandoned last week, the Warriors will be eager to take to the field and return to the winners’ list.

SALE will look to take another step in sealing a top four spot with victory over Sale City.

With Stratford just six points behind and threatening, Sale will know it can’t afford to slip-up against the Lizards.

Taking on Maffra and Bundalaguah in the final home-and-away rounds, the young Sale team is set to embark on an important month to set-up a semi-final berth.

Victory in its next three matches, including a round 11 clash with Stratford, could have Sale well placed to play finals cricket. But it can’t afford to look further than this week, with the task to account for a Sale City side which has competed with bat and ball in patches this season.

Going down to Boisdale-Briagolong in a rain-affected match last week, Sale was one wicket short of claiming the win on the Duckworth-Lewis Method.

Sale will aim for an improved effort with the bat this week to set-up its bid for victory.

BOISDALE-Briagolong and Collegians will meet, with both sides looking to keep their top four hopes alive.

Both sides are capable of competing with the higher ranked sides on its day, and will aim to build some good form this week to build momentum for the run home.

The Saints, who have a talented side but have been playing below their potential, will aim to reverse the result from round five, with Collegians prevailing in a high scoring thriller.

Collegians will aim to recapture some of that early season form, which saw it sit in the top four with a positive win-loss ledger.