The weather forecast may look gloomy, but Old Students’ hopes are not as they aim to knock over Numurkah.
The Students kept the Blues to 211 in the first innings, with South African import Michael Eckard the star as he belted 134 runs.
But aside from Eckard, the rest of the Numurkah line-up was sent packing cheaply.
At one point Old Students held their opponent at 5-74, but were unable to stem Eckard’s flow.
Despite letting the final total blow out Students captain Luke McPhillamy said his side was hopeful of taking to the field at Murchison to finish off the match.
‘‘I suppose it’s looking unlikely that we’ll get on, but our guys are keen to get on because we’re probably in it and we give ourselves a chance,’’ McPhillamy said.
‘‘He (Eckard) was probably the difference, we were looking good at one point and looked like we could have kept them under 150, but 211 is a gettable score and the guys bowled well.’’
With the outfield already slow last week and the expected deluge of rain only serving to make matters harder for the batting side, Numurkah captain Liam Gledhill said he was hoping that would work in his side’s favour.
The Blues will be ready in the field for the aerial ball aiming for the boundary although McPhillamy said there would be no rash shots played early.
‘‘I think for us if we’re still batting and in the game at 5.30 in the afternoon we’ll be in the strong position to get the points, we’re not going to win the game in the first couple of hours,’’ he said.
In a one-day match at the start of last month, Old Students came agonisingly close to matching 211 runs set by Mooroopna.
But ran out of overs with 11 runs left for victory.
The Students have the batting ability to notch up their first win as Nick Breslin and Felix Odell look to dig in at the top of the order.