Warriors to welcome premiers

ROSEDALE-Kilmany will host Bundalaguah in Sale-Maffra cricket’s match of the round on Saturday.

Both sides are coming off round one victories and will be looking to consolidate that form.

Both had to fight their way to win last weekend, with the Warriors overcoming Boisdale-Briagolong by just 10 runs and the Bulls defeating Sale despite the fall of quick wickets.

While it scored a competitive 170, Rosedale-Kilmany required its bowlers to step-up to restrict the Saints, whose middle order batsmen threatened to take the game away from the Warriors.

Against a strong Bundalaguah batting line-up, the Warriors will need to be tight, however their batting could have a greater bearing on the result.

In the one-day match between the sides last season at Bundalaguah, the Warriors lost only three wickets in passing the Bulls’ 157 with five overs to spare.

Last weekend against Sale, the Bulls slumped to 7-128, while still requiring 30 runs to win. Opener Ben Saxon, who scored an unbeaten 66, and Adrian Burgiel were able to ensure a successful start to the Bulls’ premiership defence.

Saxon, Burgiel, captain Matt Dowsett and Nathan Massey then took part in a trial for the Victoria Country side on Sunday at the MCG. With four players, Bundalaguah was the best represented club.

With two premiership contenders facing off tomorrow, a win will provide the victor with an early season confidence boost.

SITTING atop the ladder, Stratford will play its second home game of the season against Maffra.

Stratford was too strong for Longford, scoring the highest score of round one, 6-222, with Cormac Hassett contributing 91 and Taylor Tatterson 41. The Redbacks then bowled the Lizards out for 141.

The Redbacks are likely to require a similar effort tomorrow against Maffra.

While allowing Collegians to score 215, the Eagles made a fair fist of their chase, finishing on 189.

Maffra could have been chasing a lower target, but was unable to capitalise after having Collegians 3-28. The Eagles can’t afford to give the Redbacks a similar let-off.

COLLEGIANS will welcome Boisdale-Briagolong to the College Oval.

Judging by its round one victory at Maffra, Collegians is looking good to improve on last season’s sixth-placed showing of three wins.

After a shaky start, half-centuries from captain Jack Tatterson and Mark Nicholls helped Collegians to 215, a total it was able to defend successfully.

Collegians is set to face a stern test against one of last season’s semi-finalist, Boisdale-Briagolong.

The Saints will be looking to rebound from their 10-run loss at home to Rosedale-Kilmany.

The Saints had their chances to claim victory, but an inability to end the Warriors’ innings after a solid early effort with the ball, and their batsmen to turn good starts into meaningful scores contributed to the defeat.

BOTH defeated in round one, Sale will host Longford.

Despite its loss at Bundalaguah, the signs remain positive for Sale, who would be confident of a win tomorrow.

With the Bulls 7-128 in reply to its 9-157, Sale had the premiers in trouble but was unable to break the vital seventh-wicket partnership.

After making a competitive total, the Sale bowlers were able to put the Bulls under pressure.

Longford had Stratford at 3-23, but the Redbacks were able to score 6-222. Conceding 39 extras, including 33 wides, did not help the Lizards’ cause.

The Lizards were all out for 141 in reply.

The challenge for the Sale and Longford batsmen will be to convert the sort of starts they had last weekend into scores of 50-plus.