First grade continues on Saturday with the second day of Round 11 getting underway with all games still well and truly in the balance.
Over at Erina Oval, Terrigal will be looking to secure the last eight runs needed for first innings victory but with only one wicket in hand, Kincumber will be on the hunt. After a tight LBW shout last week was turned down, Harry Brien and Daniel Cross survived to the end of play. However, the Bellbirds will be well situated with key batsmen, Lloyd Radcliffe coming in for Week 2 replacing Brien and will be slightly more confident. The Griffins will be hoping Dylan Robertson continues from his 5fer from last week to claim the last wicket whilst youngster Dylan Booth is a chance at his maiden first grade five wicket haul if he can claim the last one. Either way, both teams will be looking for more points in the second innings, looking at some of their batsmen to turn around their performance so far this match, to climb a few spots on the ladder.
Onto Gavenlock Oval in another low scoring affair, Northern Power will be looking for a big partnership early in their hunt of Narara’s 102. Sitting at 4-19 with skipper Chris Archer and Matthew Clarke, keeping wickets in hand early will be their mindset and will be looking for their long batting line-up led by batsmen Brendan Charlton and Josh Abel, to chase this total down. On the other hand, Kyle Jordan was fantastic late last week picking up three wickets and he will be keen to capture a few more with Andy Ryan, Mark McLaughlin and James Smith wanting to make life hard going for the Power batsmen.
At Baker Park, Warnervale will need to bat all day and bat well if they are to chase down Wyong’s imposing 343. At stumps, Warnervale were 0-20 off six overs with Tony Cornwell and Scott Atkinson the not out batsmen. Captain Simon Keen will want to keep his excellent form from the last month going and he and the Wildcats will be looking for someone in their top five to make a big score. A big score on the board will give Wyong’s young bowling attack a lot of confidence with last week’s century maker Kaleb Daley, Lachlan Rainger and Bailey King able to set some attacking fields and will be well supported by experienced quinella Hayden Murphy and skipper Mark Leard.
In the final match of the round, Southern Spirit will need their stars to show up for them to chase down Lisarow’s 274. Daniel Friend is one of the best bats on the coast when in form and will be key for the Spirit but he is not alone with Laurence Legge and Zane Smith proven run makers on the Coast. For the Magpies, the welcome return of Matt Jones for Week 2 is a bonus along with Scott Burkinshaw, Blair Lindsay and the Sunshine brothers, Matt and Ben, they will be looking to take 10 wickets and continue their unbeaten season.
It again looks to be another great week for First Grade cricket so get down to a game if you’re free and watch some quality local cricket.