Just 130 runs stand between Central Park-St Brendan’s and a home semi-final heading into the final day of the Haisman Shield regular season.
A quality bowling performance helped the Tigers knock over Karramomus for 150 on day one and they moved to 1-21 at stumps to be clear favourites for the points.
They are level on points with Kyabram, but have a 12 per cent advantage, a gap unlikely to be covered if both teams win.
Tigers coach Andrew Cowen said it looked a straightforward assignment he wanted to see his side pass with flying colours.
‘‘I think the equation is pretty simple, if we can do the stuff we normally talk about like batting in partnerships and for long periods of time, that should go a long way,’’ he said.
‘‘Not just to winning, but to achieving other things we’d like to see heading into finals.
‘‘Our goal every week is to bat the 80 overs and we talk about having wickets in hand at tea and then trying to cash in late in the day.
‘‘We don’t plan to do anything different to normal, especially coming into finals.’’
Karramomus’ 150 was driven by a solid partnership between Stuart Turner (25) and Chris Keady (35).
Bloods skipper Jason Ibbotson knew his side was up against it and did not have much to play for sitting outside finals contention, but expected a big effort regardless.
‘‘I just want to see us keep fighting and look for a couple of early wickets,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve seen with Central Park, if you attack them you can get on a bit of a roll, they’re a pretty young side too.
‘‘You never know and it would be nice to finish the season with a win, and we’ll be doing everything we can to make that happen.’’
Cowen said winning, sealing a home semi and finding good form were the targets.
‘‘And from our point of view we want there to be a bit of pressure for spots,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve got 12 in the squad this week so there’ll be a bit of a squeeze for that last spot, so it’s a good tune-up for finals, but also an opportunity to show what they can do.
‘‘This time of year there’s plenty of variance, with results, weather — you need to put yourself in a position to have the best advantages.
‘‘We love playing at home and play our best cricket there, so it’s pretty important we get the job done.’’