By Trevor Jackson
EAST GAMBIER 1/27 V NORTH SPORTSMAN’S 10/99
EAST Gambier will look to use its strong day one effort to good effect when Round 9 of Barber Shield cricket continues on Saturday.
Playing at Scott Park, the Bulldogs were in good touch with the ball last week, dismissing North Sportsman’s for just 99 runs in the 53rd over.
The Bulldogs then faced 24 over to be 1/27 at stumps.
Unfortunately Dion Stratford was caught off the bowling of Elliott Fisher for 17 off 68 deliveries, after a steady opening stand with Ben Robinson.
Robinson was unbeaten at stumps with eight runs to his name off 74 balls.
Alex Hill joined him in the middle and faced just three deliveries before stumps.
While the Bulldogs would be disappointed to lose the wicket of Stratford, it is fair to say batting was difficult last week, with runs hard to come by.
Emerson Marks claimed five wickets to destroy the middle and lower order, which the Tigers will have to replicate if they are to hold out for the win.
The likes of Tim Young and Declan Kenny will need to spearhead the attack and not give the Bulldogs an opportunity to find the boundary or they could risk an outright loss.
That scenario is unlikely, but it has been an interesting season so far.
A win to the Bulldogs could see them leapfrog the Tigers into second spot on the ladder, with little to separate the two sides.