Challenging chase for Collegians

COLLEGIANS faces a challenging run chase if it is to defeat Rosedale-Kilmany on Saturday.

Resuming at 0-1, the home side needs another 186 runs to win the battle between the top two on the Sale-Maffra cricket ladder.

Opening batsmen Simon Cafferkey and Matt Foster will be looking to survive what is set to be an early onslaught from the Warriors’ bowlers.

In recent weeks, the Warriors’ bowling attack have been difficult to score off, restricting Bundalaguah to 56 and Sale to 107.

The likes of Jake Benfield and Brandon McDonald will be looking to make batting difficult for Collegians, which has the association’s two leading run scorers Mark Nicholls and Jack Tatterson to come.

STRATFORD is in a good position to move into second place with victory over Bundalaguah.

The Redbacks will begin day two at 1-50 in reply to Bundalaguah’s 203.

Cormac Hassett, 22, and Chris Aurisch, 16, made good use of their time in the middle late on day one, but will have to start again tomorrow with the Bulls keen on claiming early wickets.

With the home side needing 154 more runs, the Bulls can’t afford too many opposing batsmen to get starts or else the match will slip away from them.

Victory for Bundalaguah will arrest a run of two consecutive losses.

IN reply to Boisdale-Briagolong’s 175, Longford will resume play on 1-5.

With both teams chasing their first win of the season, expect a keenly-contested day’s play at Stephenson Park.

The Lizards batted for eight overs to close out day one, but losing Reece Traeger without scoring didn’t help their cause.

Captain Andrew Tyson and Mitch Bennett will look to give the home side a solid foundation for a successful chase.

A lot was expected of the Saints’ bowling line-up this season. Saturday will be a good chance to justify that hope.

If the Saints can take early wickets, the Lizards’ batting depth will again come under scrutiny.

MAFFRA enters day two of its match against Sale as favourite to win.

The winner of this game at Sale Oval will occupy a place in the top four.

After bowling Sale out of 159, the Eagles reached stumps on 2-46 with Josh Davis on 13 and captain Josh Rurawhe six.

If at least one of Davis and Rurawhe can get going, the visitors will strengthen their hold on the game. 

Sale’s chances were helped by the wickets of Jackson Scott and Harry Thackray late on day one. One or two wickets early on Saturday could cause the Eagles to get nervous and trigger a batting collapse.