Waaia’s Murray Valley Cricket Association premier division season hangs in the balance.
The Bombers must strike early and regularly during tomorrow’s second day of play against Barooga as the Hawks set out to chase down the 154 more runs needed for victory.
Riley Gow (three from 13 deliveries) and Sam Leigh (two from 16 deliveries) survived almost five overs before stumps on day one to take Barooga to 0-11.
Waaia’s 164 was compiled through hard work from Jordan Cleeland (49) and Greg Meyland (48), but will need to be defended if the Bombers are to stay in the finals race.
Katamatite also needs to dig deep tomorrow at Nathalia Recreation Reserve.
The Purples posted an imposing 7-275 from their 80 overs on Saturday and will be confident in the collective ability of their bowling attack to defend the score.
Katamatite’s most productive men with the willow this season have been Tom Pendlebury (184 runs at an average of 23) and Shannon Pool (178 at 29.67), and a big score from the duo must be on the cards if the away side is to claim victory.
Working in Waaia and Katamatite’s favour is the total Cobram will find itself chasing tomorrow.
Cobram has three more wins than the chasing pair, but allowed Deniliquin to compile 9-257 last week.
A successful chase at the Cobram Showgrounds for the home side tomorrow would have it almost certainly lock in a finals spot.
The Rhinos remain in the hunt for a top two spot though, and will look to strike weapons Andrew Hogan (31 wickets at an average of 9.06) and Anthony Bradley (25 at 7.12) to get the job done with the ball.
In the final match of the round, Finley is searching for its first victory in two years against Cobram-Yarroweyah United.
The Cats rode the wave of twin tons from dynamic duo Daniel Hibberd (121 not out) and Daniel McHugh (107) last week to storm to 2-277 declared before reducing the combine to 1-4 at stumps.
The crowd at Finley Recreation Reserve is likely to swell as the day goes on tomorrow as loyal supporters clamour to cheer their heroes on towards what should be a drought-breaking triumph.
A big win could also be enough to lift the Cats from the bottom of the table — a welcome boost of confidence for the rest of the campaign.