An exciting Day 2 of Round 16 will be played out Saturday with opportunities for some teams to jump up the ladder in the race towards the finals.
Warnervale will need someone in their top six to go on and make a big score as they resume their innings on 1-53, requiring another 219 runs for victory over Lisarow Ourimbah. Brett Russell was on fire late last week but is an out this week, replaced by experienced first grader Dave Mitchell with Jonathon Boyd the other not out batsmen. The Wildcats know that the first hour will be important against a strong Lisarow Ourimbah bowling. The Magpies have been hit with injuries though with Scott Burkinshaw (side strain) and Matt Jones (fractured thumb) unlikely to bowl but the Magpies will still have plenty of options with former NSW Country spinner Blair Lindsay to do the bulk of the work.
Narara Wyoming are 5 wickets away from claiming first innings points against The Entrance at Jubilee Oval. Mark Mariner and Mitch Starkey will resume batting for the Seagulls, needing 135 runs for first innings points. This game is far from over with history showing that Jubilee Oval is the highest scoring ground on the coast giving the Seagulls some confidence. For the Lions, the return of Mark McLachlan for week two gives them another seam bowling option to go with the already dangerous Kyle Jordan and Keiran Lawson. The Lions might also be looking ahead with an outright victory cementing them well and truly in the four.
Baker Park will see Wyong eyeing off maximum points for the round when they also require 5 wickets for first innings points against Southern Spirit. If Kaleb Daley and the rest of the fast bowling cartel get on a roll, an outright victory is not out of the question and is needed if they want to have a chance at making the four. The Spirit though have arguably their two best bats at the crease in captain Daniel Friend and Lachlan Cork. If these two can get through the first hour and can kick on, they have the class to chase down the 199 target.
In the final game of the round, Northern Power will look to start fresh after losing two late wickets on day 1 against Terrigal Matcham. Representative players Chris Archer and Brendan Charlton will resume their innings Saturday against a very talented Bellbirds bowling attack. The Power need to learn from Reece Bombas’s innings last week, taking his time and knowing that if one batsmen can go big, they will be in with a big shot at winning this game. Terrigal Matcham will be backing their fast bowlers all the way with Jamie Brien and Josh Bridge being the in form opening bowling partnership this year, knowing if they hit their spots, victory will nearly be theirs.
Kincumber Avoca have the bye.