Big cats bare their fangs

THE all-Tiger clash between Morwell and Mirboo North is evenly poised with the latter needing a further 229 runs to win, all day to get them and 10 wickets in the bank.

Rob Phoenix, Shane Peters and Jesse Giardina are the key players, while Jed Alexander and Damien Turner are more than capable of playing important supporting roles.

Morwell needs early wickets to tip the balance in its favour, and will look to Country Week spinners Mark Cukier and Riyaz Pathan to provide breakthroughs.

Seamers Brendan Brincat, Tim Dowe and Davin Charleston need to be on the money.

TRAFALGAR can get its title defence back on track with an outright win over Jeeralang-Boolarra.

At 267 runs behind and two wickets already down, the Panthers would need to pull off the upset of the season to claim first-innings points.

However, with the Ships snapping at their heels on the ladder, staving off defeat could be just as valuable as a win.

Big things are required from brothers Luke and Ben Heath to guard the batting line-up against the dangers of Todd Mann, Jackson Noonan, Daniel Heathcote and teenage leg-spinning sensation Blair Clymo.

LATROBE needs to dig deep against its old bogey team Moe, with 241 an imposing target for a side with one of the thinnest batting cards in the competition.

Justin Vajler and Anthony Bloomfield shoulder a huge portion of the responsibility and need support from the veteran Tim Cranwell, the underachieving Matt Brewer, and the inexperienced duo of Will Kennedy and Hayden Kimpton.

The suspect Sharks batting could come up trumps against a green Lions attack however, led by Robert Blunt and Nick Clarke, with Andrew Philip, Kane O’Connell, Lachlan Francis and Aaron Walshe the supporting cast.

Moe needs early wickets to kill the game off early as the Sharks bat all the way down to Mitch Cowell at number 11.