Prowling Panthers focus on date with the Lions

Dylan Arvela


A Grade

It will be three weeks since the last ball was bowled in A Grade if and when play gets underway on Saturday.

The forecast isn’t promising though with more showers expected on Saturday.

Jeeralang-Boolarra v Centrals

The Panthers will take on Centrals at WH Burrage Reserve in the first round of two-day matches.

Centrals lost in round one to Jeeralang-Boolarra by 11 runs and will be looking to exact revenge, as well as recover from a patchy start to the season where the 2018/19 grand finalists have won just one of three matches.

Brett Duncan top-scored with 64 that day, but has only scratched together nine runs since. The opener will be looking to return to form in a Panthers side which is topping the runscoring charts aided by the likes of Mark Rawson and Ben Heath.

Prediction: Expect Panthers to turn runs into points here.

Yallourn North v Trafalgar

Yallourn will look to kickstart its season at home to Trafalgar on Saturday, a side the Bombers nearly got the better of on the opening day of the season.

Yallourn North had notable contributions from six batsman on that occasions including a 39 from Curtis Howell.

The side haven’t replicated that since hence why the Bombers are the lowest runscorers in the division.

A strong win for Trafalgar is expected here, however, a defeat could be a bit of a blow to the side’s confidence which has been accrued following a positive start to the season.

Prediction: Trafalgar have shown enough to win this one.

Traralgon West v Moe

Moe travel to Traralgon West Sports Complex for a top-two tussle which could see a 12-point gap open up if the Lions win.

Moe began its impressive start to the season with a solid 43-run victory over the Eagles on a day when John James came in at seven to hit a half-century.

Traralgon West has won its two matches since then, although any momentum from those wins would likely be lost due to the two-week layoff.

Prediction: Traralgon West should make it tough, but tipping a Moe win.