WITH the exception of one game, all teams batting this week face mammoth run chases and the fielding sides start as favourites on day two of round six in Traralgon and District cricket.
Centrals v Glengarry – Apex park
IN the big clash of the round Glengarry will defend 256 and Centrals require a big effort to haul those runs in.
Few teams can boast chasing down a score like that in recent times but Dean Rode, Jamie Hall and Steve Hazelman will put their heads down and attempt to get the target within range for the Centrals middle order, which has been good this season.
Ben Julin, Ryan Delaney and Jarrod Allan are all bowling well and Glengarry will turn to Tim Spotswood and Cam Graham for early wickets.
Toongabbie v Churchill – Toongabbie
A HUGE target of 296 means the Rams will need a miracle.
Prolific pair Rob Wheildon and Matt Golding may need to make centuries for Toongabbie to be a chance.
Both average more than 50 for the season and will be called upon to go over and above this weekend.
John Keighran and Tom Nudd will be fired up ready to bowl Churchill to their first win.
Raiders v Gormandale – Yinnar
GORMANDALE goes into day two 10 runs ahead with eight wickets still in hand.
The Tigers need outrights to keep their faint finals hopes alive and will likely chase a second innings result.
It is hard to see either side sneaking into the four and this game could finish early if there is no chance of maximum points.
Traralgon West v Imperials – St Paul’s
IMPERIALS’ grand total of 257 will likely be too good for Traralgon West.
Brad Sizeland will bowl a lot of overs and Imperials should be hard to beat given their depth.
Tim Fitch has been in the best form of his career with 212 runs this year at 70.67, including a century, and will be confident of scoring well for the underdog.
Rovers v Ex Students – DCP
CHASING 225 the Sharks will still be confident on the flat Duncan Cameron pitch.
At 1/13 Ex Students will look to Greg Munro for a big score, while the in-form Jordan Gilmore, averaging 82.33 this season, is the key wicket.
Rovers’ bowling will be tested and Todd Mann must produce a big spell backed by the consistent Greg Bramwell.