All matches are evenly poised entering Day 2 of Round 8 of the CCCA 1st Grade competition.
At Fagan Park, ladder leaders, Wyong will be looking to turn a first innings defeat into an outright win against Brisbane Water.
After trailing by 12 runs on the first innings, Wyong turned the deficit into a 42 run lead by stumps, with all ten wickets still in hand.
Wyong will no doubt be aggressive in order to both build a sizeable lead but also give themselves enough time to bowl Brisbane Water out. Hayden Murphy will be the key as his form with the bat in recent weeks has been very impressive.
Wyong’s aggressive nature may fall into the hands of Brisbane Water as their attack led by the Sunshine brothers and Dane Croker has proven capable of bowling sides out. The Bluetongues would also fancy their chances of chasing down any total especially with Ben Cohen, Dave Mitchell and Ben Sunshine all in good form with the bat.
Northern Power’s batting prowess will again be put under the spotlight as they look to chase down The Entrance’s total of 242 at Harry Moore Oval.
Last outing with the bat, Power opener Jeremy O’Connell scored 168 and he will again be a key wicket for The Entrance, who will be looking for paceman Kobe Allison and Mitchell Starkey to take early wickets to enable Adam Taylor to work through the middle order with his left arm sliders.
At Woongarah Oval, Warnervale will be looking for a couple of early wickets to put the game out of reach for Terrigal-Matcham, who still require 174 runs for victory with seven wickets in hand.
Not out batsmen, Mitch Bowring and Zac Peters will need to start well, whilst regular opener Lloyd Radcliffe will also be a key player for the Bellbirds.
Youngster Joey Liddle was the star with the ball last week, whilst Mitch McNeilly has been a regular wicket taker this year.
Another dour days cricket is expected at Gavenlock Oval as Kincumber Avoca look to score a further 125 runs for victory against Narara-Wyoming.
Only 148 runs were scored off 90 overs last week and it is difficult seeing the run rate rising too much this week as the Griffins try and salvage a much needed victory.
Steve McCabe, Bryce Birks and Jack McRae will be keys for visitors however the Lions attack of Andy Ryan, Kyle Jordan, Kieran Lawson, Mark McLachlan and James Smith will make life very difficult if they can get on top.
In the final game, the wicket of Lisarow-Ourimbah skipper, Blair Lindsay will be vital if Southern Spirit are to record their first of the year at Sohier Park.
The Spirit scored 220 runs last week, however Lisarow Ourimbah were able to polish off 68 of these by stumps of which Lindsay had scored 43. If they can get Lindsay early the pressure will be right on the Lisarow-Ourimbah middle order which has been shaky at times this year. The question for Southern Spirit is, who can step up to make the important break throughs. Time will tell.
State of play:
The Entrance 242 vs Northern Power @ Harry Moore Oval
Warnervale 237 vs Terrigal Matcham 3/64 @ Woongarah Oval
Southern Spirit 220 vs Lisarow Ourimbah 1/68 @ Sohier Park
Narara Wyoming 136 vs Kincumber Avoca 2/12 @ Gavenlock Oval
Wyong 149 & 0/54 vs Brisbane Water 161 @ Fagan Park
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