Echuca’s in the box seat

November 22, 2016

Echuca opener Brendan Prendergast calls for a quick single.

Echuca rounded off the first of its two-day game against Stanhope in the A grade of Goulburn Murray Cricket on Saturday at Stanhope oval.

Echuca won the toss and batted all day to produce a competitive score of 284, one which captain Brendan Prendergast believes gives them a really good opportunity to take the win.

‘‘Any time you score over 250 you put yourselves in a good position,’’ he said.

‘‘We went out there with the goal to bat out our 80 overs and although we didn’t quite do that (in 78 overs) we still built a competitive score.’’

The side got off to a strong start and were able to build on solid batting partnerships to produce high scores.

Adam Jones made 55 runs and wasn’t the only batsman to make it over the half-century mark with Brendan Moyle scoring 51 and Mitchell Frew 59.

‘‘We performed really well in our batting partnerships and only lost a couple of wickets in a row,’’ Prendergast said.

Prendergast made 27 before being run out and Jones (stumped) and Declan Hancock (lbw) followed in quick succession.

‘‘We still have some work to do to get some really big scores on the board, but it’s a step in the right direction with the scores made (on Saturday),’’ he said.

Stanhope bowled well, but the heat became tiring for the fielders who felt the strain of the sun into the last 20 overs, as expected from a 32-degree day.

This weekend’s weather is expected to be much kinder for Echuca, which Prendergast said definitely helps when you’re out there fielding.

Echuca will be hoping for a few early wickets to put the pressure on Stanhope early.

‘‘If we can manage to grab two or three (wickets) in the first hour that’ll certainly help,’’ Prendergast said.

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