Chase for outright points

BUNDALAGUAH may elect to make a play for outright points against Sale City on Saturday to boost its chances of claiming the minor premiership.

Sitting two points behind Sale-Maffra cricket ladder leader Rosedale-Kilmany, the Bulls may look for quick runs before sending the Lizards in again in an attempt to gain maximum points.

Should Rosedale-Kilmany only manage first innings points against Maffra, an outright win would see the Bulls re-claim top spot with two rounds to play.

The Bulls will resume on 3-91 with a six-run lead. Ben Saxon and Nathan Massey are at the crease, with Sam Bedggood and Adam Cairns still to come.

The Bulls needed 59 overs to bowl the Lizards out last week, and may leave themselves a similar amount of time to do so again this week.

Andrew Tyson and the Floyd brothers have done well to restrict the Bulls so far, and the Lizards will aim to show some fight and stave off any chance of an outright result.

MAXIMUM points could also be on offer in the match between Collegians and Sale, with bowlers dominating the match on day one.

Seventeen wickets fell on day one, with Sale to resume with a slender eight run lead with three wickets in hand.

Having already banked first innings points, Sale will aim to bat as long as possible with Ben Jones, who remains unbeaten on a match high 25, a key to the visitor’s hopes.

Mark Nicholls and Elliott Cafferkey have seven wickets between them, and will look to finish off the Sale innings quickly.

The young Sale side have been flying under the radar and sit third, level on points with Bundalaguah and two points behind ladder leader Rosedale-Kilmany.

ROSEDALE-Kilmany will back its attack to restrict Maffra and hold top spot on the ladder.

The Warriors posted 9-300 last week and will be favoured to get the job done.

An outright victory to Bundalaguah would see Rosedale-Kilmany momentarily lose top of the table status, but the Warriors will focus on the job at hand and aim to continue its good run of form.

Anthony Scott, who made 82 with the bat last week, has been a handy addition to the bowling attack while Rohan Diamond enters the second day with confidence following his maiden first grade century.

Maffra will need the likes of Brett Lanigan, Josh Rurawhe and Jake Benfield to do the bulk of the work and hope for support from its younger players if the Eagles are to chase down the big total.

STRATFORD requires 10 wickets, while Boisdale-Briagolong needs 244 runs as both sides aim to push for a top four finish.

Both sides sit outside the top four, and need to keep winning to be any chance to break into the top four and secure a semi-final berth.

With Jack Tatterson leading the way with an unbeaten century, Stratford posted 8-250 declared last week but the Saints won’t be daunted by the big target.

The Saints bat deep and are capable of scoring big, with the contest placed firmly in the balance.