Eagles on the back foot

Jack Mullan will be a key player with the ball for Penola in this weekend's Barber Shield clash. Picture: JAMES MURPHY.

By Lachlan Onions

Penola will be hoping for a cricketing-miracle on Saturday when it makes its way out for Day 2 of its Round 11 clash in the Barber Shield against North Sportsman’s.

After just one day of play, the Tigers have already claimed a first-innings victory and lead by 32 runs with six wickets in hand after Penola was bowled out for 78 in the first innings.

For the Eagles to come away with an unlikely victory, they will need to take the six remaining North wickets, then bat long enough to surpass the visitors total, before bowling again and hope they can dismiss the visitors before they reach the target.

The Tigers on the other hand, will look to Nick McInerney to continue his impressive form he showed with the bat on Day 1 into Day 2.

McInerney is currently 56 not out and will look to bat long enough to give his side a chance of claiming an unlikely but still possible outright victory.

With the first innings points already in the bag, there is no pressure on North at all.

However, if Penola can break through this fifth-wicket partnership early in the day, then it could be what is needed to kickstart a potential resurgence from the hosts.

The Eagles will need Michael Waters, Jack Mullan and Mark Smith to be at their absolute best with the ball from the outset.

Once Penola heads back into bat, McInerney and Isaac Mulraney will be players to watch with the ball.

Mulraney had the hosts on the ropes last week after an impressive spell and will look to continue his recent form.

Ultimately, the task at hand is far too great for Penola and the Tigers should be able to cruse to victory on Day 2 and while it is unlikely, they could be in with a chance of an outright win if they score runs quickly to begin the day.