Bulldogs in Barber Shield ‘box seat’

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Bulldogs in Barber Shield ‘box seat’

East Gambier v North Sportsman’s

East Gambier is in pole position ahead of day two against North Sportsman’s at Allan Scott Park for round 9 of the Barber Shield.

With only one round left before finals the result is important for both teams hoping to secure a home final.

After batting first North Sportsman’s was bowled all out for 99, leaving East Gambier a small total to chase.

In response East Gambier finished the day one down with 27 runs on the board, the one wicket the Tigers took was an important one though and East Gambier will have to do its best with Dion Stratford back in the stands.

Ben Robinson will resume at the crease with Alex Hill as the pair look to take down North’s total and build a lead.

The match could be won outright by either side, with a batting collapse all that’s needed to throw the result up in the air, however it’s the Doggies’ game to lose.

Nick McInerney will come back into the side for North and is a big in for the bowling department and the batting lineup should the Tigers be required to bat again.

Tim Young and Declan Kenny will also have a role to play with the ball, while Elliot Fisher’s spin continues to threaten.

With no side passing 100 in the last four innings at Allan Scott Park, East Gambier will have to do its best in tough conditions, but the Doggies are in a great position only 72 runs behind North with nine wickets in hand.

South Gambier v Penola

Penola is in control at Blue Lake Sports Park as it hunts for its first win of the season in round 9.

Penola is winless from its first eight matches this season but now looks on track to register its first win after an excellent first day of play against South Gambier.

After batting first Penola scored a massive 260, South Gambier had five overs to bat out the day and Penola picked up a big wicket of James Miller before the close of play.

The Demons will start day two in a perilous position at 1/7.

Still requiring 254 runs to go ahead of Penola with the batsman already back in the shed it will take some impressive efforts from the South Gambier batting lineup to get back in the match.

Sam Bradbrook is the only centurion for South Gambier this season and the side will need a similar effort from him if it is to take some points.

While finals are out of reach for both sides, they will be aware the loser is in the box seat to finish last, a fate that both teams will hope to avoid.

Gerard Merrett was the wicket taker for Penola last Saturday and will be important again with ball in hand, Joshua Doyle will also be a danger for the South Gambier batsmen when he gets the ball.

Jack Mullan and Lewis March also will offer an important change of pace that could rip through the South Gambier batting lineup.

It will take almost a miracle for South Gambier to get back into this match but expect the side to be at its best with the bat during a big run chase.

West Gambier v Mil Lel

West Gambier has Mil Lel in a tough position at Malseed Park after day one of their round 9 match.

West Gambier started the day in trouble after some early wickets, but a good recovery from Jake Blackwell and Samuel Coxon got the side to 156.

However following an excellent period of bowling to finish off the day West Gambier has Mil Lel 7/39 and in serious trouble.

Bray Stephenson and Sujith Nikethana did important damage to the Mil Lel batting lineup and will be important on day two.

The side has only three more wickets to take and it can get another chance to bat again.

Mil Lel will have to dig deep and get something out of the second day of play, a win seems unlikely from its current position but it could be done.

A big partnership could turn the match in Mil Lel’s favour and with Nick Walters resuming at the crease someone will need to show Walters some support.

A win for West Gambier will all but wrap up top spot ahead of the final round meaning the side has a lot to play for.

For Mil Lel a win can keep its hopes of a top two place alive, with North Sportsman’s playing East Gambier a loss will make it a difficult proposition for Mil Lel ahead of the final round.

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