Captains confident of taking points

MYRTLEFORD and Corowa will resume their two-day match with both still believing they can carve out a win.

Neither were able to dominate their opponents in the opening day of the contest last Saturday, setting up the dead-locked match for a tense final day’s play.

The Saints will resume today at 3-57.

They need to score another 80 runs to take the important first innings points.

Myrtleford won last week’s toss and, with a damp ground, sent Corowa into bat.

Corowa opener Reece Carr dug in to make a solid 41 as wickets tumbled around him.

Liam McDonnell, Greg Burgess and Damien Wilson were the only other players who could make double digit scores as Corowa was eventually bowled out for 137 runs in the 53rd over.

Kane Stevens was the pick of Myrtleford’s bowlers, claiming three wickets off 14 overs.

Paceman Nelhm Peishantha and Max Rampling picked up two wickets each.

Corowa’s stand-in captain Nathan Rhodes said his team could have done with scoring a few more runs.

“It would’ve been nice to have another 20 or 30 runs on the board, but we’re not too worried about it,” Rhodes said.

“The ground was a bit wet, so I think we did well, considering.

“It would have been nice to get another wicket before the day ended, but if we get a few early ones on Saturday we should go all right.”

Myrtleford captain Hayden Murray said the target of 137 was “very gettable”.

“We should be able to win from here,” he said.

“We only need another 80 runs, while they have to get seven wickets.

“The pitch will be much drier than last week, so that is a good thing for us.

“I think with our ability to bat deep, it’s quite gettable.”

However, with the temperature expected to peak above 40 degrees at the weekend, there is a chance that the WDCA could abandon all matches due to its extreme heat policy.