By Trevor Jackson
SOUTH GAMBIER 1/7 V PENOLA 10/260
PENOLA is in the box seat to claim a much-needed victory when Round 9 of Barber Shield cricket resumes on Saturday.
On day one of play the Eagles were impressive with the bat, all out for 260 runs.
Much of that came from the top four batsmen, with Jack Mullan showing the way with 74 runs.
While he was the only Eagle to reach that milestone, Lewis March (39), Michael Waters (32) and Drew Clayfield (36) all helped lay a strong foundation.
A duck to Jack Schulz and one to Jacob Robbie followed, but from there the tail began to wag and the Eagles were back on track.
Just five overs remained before stumps and Penola continued its attack, this time with the ball.
James Miller was trapped lbw for just five runs off the bowling of Gerard Merrett, with Adam Kuhl and Elwood Geary remaining unbeaten, but both for no runs.
Clearly the Demons did not want to put a foot wrong that late in the day, but they will certainly need to keep the scoreboard ticking over this weekend if they are to make a dent in the Penola score.
Neither side will want to finish bottom at the end of the season, which adds a bit of interest, considering Penola is yet to record a win and South has only one victory.