Echuca South A grade will head into the second day of its two-day game against Kyabram Fire Brigade in the Goulburn Murray Cricket tomorrow with ball in hand.
Kyabram ended South’s run early on day one at Rushworth, all out for 84 in 55 overs, and are already half-way in the chase at 4-41.
Kyabram will have 80 overs up its sleeve to earn the 44 runs and South’s A grade coach Brad Jones was determined not to give them the full session.
Jones said his side were more comfortable with the ball at the moment and had a good bowling line-up and fielding team to put the pressure on Kyabram.
‘‘If we can get a couple of wickets early and take out their top two remaining batsmen we could really put the pressure on Kyabram’s young kids,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ll need to bowl some good air and attack from the start.
‘‘We don’t have much on the board so we can’t afford to sit back and let them make runs — we need to go for the win.’’
South had its sights set on ending the run of Daniel Kent, who has proven to be a handy batsman for Kyabram with an average of 18 runs this season.
‘‘Hopefully we can get their two main blokes out and after that I’m not really sure who they’ve got coming in to bat,’’ Jones said about the new look team.
Fielding cost South in the T20 semi-final against Echuca when they went down by two runs.
The team dropped five catches to let Echuca slip into the grand final against Kyabram Fire Brigade next Thursday.
Jones said it would have been nice to get the win and added the team will be looking to improve on its batting this season and hoped things would click for the young players soon.
‘‘We’re a relatively young side, our oldest this week is 28 and the youngest is only 15, and most of them haven’t played a lot of full two-day cricket so we’ll have to see how we go the rest of the season,’’ he said.
‘‘We have plenty of potential, it just hasn’t gone our way yet.
‘‘We were definitely better in the one-dayers last year, but hopefully this season it can be the other way around.
‘‘No one wants to finish last so we’ll be looking to improve (on ladder position) and just keep battling away.’’
Jones said all South’s bowlers knew how to do their jobs from the youngest in Jack Duggan to the more experienced Shannon O’Brien.
— Jess Gledhill