Ladder leader Morwell will face some stern opposition in Mirboo North this weekend when round eight play resumes on Saturday.
Mirboo North was steady in the opener and put in a solid 187, with Hamaiz Mahmood’s 73 the top knock of the innings and all-rounder Will Cheatley’s 32 the next best.
Mark Cukier did the most damage for Morwell with ball in hand and took 3/33 from 12 overs, including four maidens.
Lewis Harper and Robert Webber were also handy and took two wickets each while Blake Mills and Brendan Brincat shared the remainder of the bowling honours with one apiece.
Morwell faced five overs before stumps were called on day one with Mark Cukier and Craig Giddens still at the crease at 0/10.
Day two begins on Saturday at 11.30am at Morwell Recreation Reserve.
Moe v Latrobe
Latrobe looks set on scrapping its way off the bottom of the CGCA ladder after a successful outing on day one against Moe in round eight.
The defending premiers leapt to a promising start after it batted first to set Moe a target of 178.
Sam Price did the most damage with ball in hand for Moe and finished with an economical 4/41 from 19 overs, including seven maidens.
Not to be outdone, Jayden Mathison also played a big part for the Lions on day one and took three wickets of his own while Andrew Philip snagged two.
The Lions will be hot on the Tigers’ tail when they get the run chase underway on day two this weekend and will need the top order to steady if they are a chance to defend for the win.
Moe has been bolstered by Andrew Philip so far this season with the skipper boasting 387 runs to date and his most recent knock of 71 against Mirboo North bodes well for the Lions.
Moe can steal second spot on the CGCA ladder from Mirboo North with a win this weekend while cellar -dweller Latrobe has just a single win to its name for the season.
Play resumes on Saturday at 11.30am at Ted Summerton Reserve.
Jeeralang-Boolarra v Trafalgar
Jeeralang-Boolarra is in a spot of bother against Trafalgar heading into day two of round eight, after the Panthers batted first and saw out the day to stand at 7/180 at stumps.
Openers Brodie Burgess and Nick Gurney set the tone early on and partnered for a reinforcing 45 runs before Burgess was taken on 25.
Gurney went on to top-score with 67 while Anthony Clarke-Bruce (30) and John Asmussen (20) helped Trafalgar stay alive at day’s end.
Craig Blackberry finished day one with 3/42 for Jeeralang-Boolarra while Chris Blake took 2/10 and Mark Rawson and Rhy McNaughton each nabbed singles.
Play resumes on Saturday at 11.30am at Boolarra Recreation Reserve.