Blues to test Lions’ pride



THORPDALE faces a challenge to overhaul Moe’s total of 190 this weekend against a Lions attack desperate for a win to get their year back on track.

Jayden Mathison will shoulder the bulk of the responsibility with the ball, and must contain the power hitting of Henk and Schalke Conradie.

The brothers will need support for the Blues to post their first A grade victory.

Kayne O’Connell, Jason Richardson and Steven Hibbs are all capable but none have come to the party so far this season.

Morwell needs quick wickets to stand any chance of defeating Latrobe.

The Tigers have just 57 runs left to defend and a good start is vital for both teams.

Morwell will take heart from the fact the dangerous Anthony Bloomfield has already been dismissed, and if they can claim Kaushik Aphale they will be in with a big chance against Latrobe’s lacklustre middle order.

For the Sharks, someone needs to grind out runs at the opposite end with Aphale; with a low target in sight the Indian batsman can steer them home in the chase.

Yallourn North have their backs to the wall defending 177 against the best batting side in the league, but Mirboo North’s capitulation for 116 last week against Latrobe may inpsire hope.

With a dangerous bowling attack they need to make a positive start with tight bowling and early wickets.

Brett Pedlow, Shane Peters and Rob Phoenix are the main men for Mirboo North and if they are dismissed cheaply then the game could be wide open.