HEAVYWEIGHTS and heavy clouds could collide in Round 6 of the Sale-Maffra Cricket Association.

Sale and Bundalaguah headline proceedings, although some attention will be on what is happening above, as storms are predicted for Day 1.

Assuming there is a full day’s play, interest will abound when results come to hand, as a number of intriguing match-ups are fixtured.

SALE will be out to further prove its worth as early season premiership favourite.

The Swans are yet to lose a game, but will face another likely finalist tomorrow in the form of Bundalaguah.

Playing at home, on a surface usually conducive to piling on bulk runs, Sale will surely look to pick up where it left off last week.

The Swans, well led by Coenie Nel and Nathan Massey, batted the entire day against Boisdale-Briagolong, and could well have used the day to bat themselves into form to face the likes of Steve Spoljaric, Jake Wynd and Johandre Barnard this round.

Sale’s confidence will likely be sky high, but by the same token, the Bulls will have plenty of reason to rate their chances.

Bundalaguah lost to Collegians by three runs last week, which was their first defeat for the season.

On that basis, the stage should be set for a mouth-watering contest at Sale Oval.

LONGFORD is back from the bye.

The Lizards are also back from victory against Stratford, and now have the opportunity to test themselves against Yarram.

The Pelicans have settled into life as an SMCA club very nicely, and are yet to drop a game – much to their credit.

Yarram snuck in over the line in dramatic circumstances against Stratford last week, taking 3/11 to win by four runs.

With the Redbacks the most recent opponent for both Yarram and Longford heading into this game, this has surely been mentioned in the respective sides preparations.

While there are 11 players in a cricket team, as far as the Lizards and Pelicans go, they each have one potential matchwinner with the bat.

For Longford, it is Stefano Di Bartolomeo, and for Yarram – Anthony Scott.

Both are capable of single-handedly making a big hundred, and bowlers will want to hope there is something in the surface at Stephenson Park to make the ball deviate.

Di Bartolomeo has back-to-back tons to his name (for Longford and in GCL), while Scott’s big hitting is well documented in local cricket.

His most recent effort of note came in Round 4, when he smacked a ton – 104 off 117 balls.

STRATFORD needs to stabilise.

The Redbacks are yet to win a two-day game this season, and face the always dangerous Rosedale-Kilmany on their home deck tomorrow.

The Warriors themselves are coming off a win, and have enjoyed an exciting week at the club, after a swashbuckling innings of 98 not out in the Tuesday night twenty20 from Dylan Rowley.

Granted the Stratford attack will present a different proposition to the one Rowley faced on Tuesday night, Rosedale-Kilmany might still look to draw on some positivity from the knock.

A near century in a T2O doesn’t happen all that often, and even if it was against a perceived ‘weaker attack’, those types of bowlers can sometimes be the hardest to get away.

The Warriors have also found a good player in Drew Owen, who looks to be a more than handy all-rounder. In last week’s win against Maffra, he top-scored with 40 and then took 4/18.

While their form isn’t ideal, Stratford has experience in the line-up from the likes of Jack Tatterson and Chris Aursich, who will probably be keeping things in perspective.

The Redbacks lost a match they perhaps shouldn’t have last week, while a Di Bartolomeo 139 was possibly the only thing preventing them from defeating Longford.

Stratford’s form line may be a result of availability, or simply still tinkering to try and find the right order.

Sam Anstee played his first A Grade game for the season last round and was immediately sent out to open, while Ethan Albrecht has opened the batting and then batted at nine already.

Ben Channing was an interesting name to appear in the fourths last week (duly retiring upon reaching a half century as the rules stipulate) and one imagines a player of his quality will need to come back into the firsts at some stage.

AN underwhelming team meets an underperforming team.

Collegians are hosting Maffra, in what may not be as straightforward a result as it appears.

Most pundits will rightfully pick Collegians to win against a team that hasn’t won since Round 2, however, it may end up being a case of the margin telling the full story.

Collegians has been finding a way to win recently, although even internally the reigning premier will know victories have been far from convincing.

The last two games have seen Collegians win by single figure runs, getting through thanks mainly to express bowler Nathan Whitford who has already taken 14 wickets for the season.

Maffra however have been horrendously out of touch.

The usually dependable pair of Lee Hopkins and Josh Davis cannot buy a run, while the output from others has also been minimal.

Hopkins and Davis might have found something in Tuesday night’s T20 victory over Stratford – and Maffra officials will certainly be hoping so.

While they didn’t get the big scores, they both managed to get starts and hit a few boundaries, including two sixes from Davis.

Often a player can rekindle their touch in situations like this, and for Davis to at least clear the rope a couple of times would suggest he is starting to see them a bit better.

Whether or not this translates over to the longer format remains to be seen.