City and Thornton chase 200-plus totals in Maitland first grade cricket

STRONG POSITION: Kurri Weston defeated Western Suburbs for 141 on day one of their two-day fixture at Coronation Oval. The Warriors resume at the crease of 4/95. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

STRONG POSITION: Kurri Weston defeated Western Suburbs for 141 on day one of their two-day fixture at Coronation Oval. The Warriors resume at the crease of 4/95. Picture: Michael Hartshorn

Western Suburbs will need quick wickets if they are to force their clash against Kurri Weston into a second innings.

Kurri Weston resume of day two needing 46 runs with six wickets in hand to claim first innings points, however both teams may be tempted to push for an outright result.

Wests batsman Tim Clarke said with the game progressing so far on day one it did open the possibility of an outright victory.

“It’s unlikely we will be able to win on first innings, but if we can get early wickets and keep their lead to a minimum an outright comes into play,” he said.

That assumes Kurri Weston wants to play ball and Warriors skipper Michael Heinrich is likely to want to be in a commanding position before making a push for an outright.

Heinrich survived a blistering spell from Wests paceman Mitch Fisher last Saturday to finish on 41 and will resume with all-rounder Tim Harding on nine.

Heinrich will be wary of Wests bowling attack with Fisher just one part of an impressive armoury.

“That spell from Mitch Fisher was the best 12 overs of sustained fast bowling I have batted against,” Heinrich said after day-one.

“Mitch was on fire and we were lucky he didn’t grab more wickets.”

Wests debutant Glyn Hayes, 17, will get a chance to show his credentials on day two after Shannon Threlfo defied the Warriors and scored an invaluable 17 in a total of 141.

Off-spinner Hayes bowled his first over in first grade late on Saturday and may be called on for his variety. 

Kurri Weston’s attack has continued to deliver with former Plover Alex Seamer, Harding and Cameron Bates sharing in the wickets.

The remaining two fixtures should provide fascinating contests with Norths holding the upper hand after scoring 6/278 on day one against Thornton Park.

Thornton have struggled to post scores, but the Gabriels – Peter (97), Matthew (32) and Johathan (51) returned to form in round-four’s washed out game against City United as Thornton posted 264.

City United’s will need to make a solid start against Raymond Terrace after Nick Savage dismissed openers Matthew Latham and Karl Bowd in a tricky five-over spell at the end of day one.

Terrace were dismissed for 239 and City resume on 2/10 at Jack Collins Oval on Saturday.

“I would have said it was a good even day of cricket until we lost those two quick wickets at the end,” City skipper Matt Trappel said.

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