Blacktown Cricket Club have a tough task ahead of them going into day two of their first grade match against Gordon at Chatswood Oval next Saturday.
The Warriors are chasing down Gordon’s total of 226 when they resume play on 6-41, after a horror start to their innings last Saturday before rain and bad light forced play to end an hour early.
Blacktown won the toss and elected to bowl, and it looked to be the right decision, with Gordon struggling in the early stages, at one point being 5-50.
However, as the new ball settled, Gordon’s middle order piled on the runs, with Elliott Richtor and Tym Crawford scoring a partnership of 106 to put the home side in a comfortable position.
Warriors captain Mitchell Hinds said despite the weather, the wicket held up well.
‘‘The wicket was really good, which was surprising. It was covered since Tuesday.’’
Hinds said the bowling performance from his side in the latter stages of the innings weren't as good as it could’ve been.
‘‘We bowled really well early on. We probably let them score 50 more than they should’ve.’’
Tony Clark led the bowling for Blacktown, taking 5-37 off 16 wickets.
The early batting collapse that Gordon experienced was duplicated in Blacktown’s innings, with the Warriors recording 6-41 before play was suspended.
Three of Blacktown’s opening batsmen were out for ducks, including Gabriel Joseph for a golden duck.
‘‘It was pretty disappointing with the bat,’’ Hinds said.
Blacktown’s hopes for first innings points rest on their batsmen currently at the crease, Nathan Hinton and Cameron Nupier.
Hinds said the Warriors will have to get at least 50 to 100 runs before a wicket is taken on day two next week to stand a chance.
‘‘Once the ball gets old it’ll be easier to bat.’’
In second grade, storms brought a premature end to the day’s play at Joe McAleer Oval.
It looked to be a disastrous start for Blacktown, with the Warriors bowled out for 81.
However, Gordon also had a batting collapse, with the Stags all out for 51.
Sanjay Parasher took an impressive 8-19 in bowling for the Warriors.
Play will start early on day two next Saturday, with 120 overs still to be played.
Gordon: 226 (Richtor 68, Crawford 52, Clark 5-37)
Blacktown: 6-41 (Lilley 23, Hinton 6*, Kennedy 4-10)
Blacktown: 81 (Qureshi 14, Potter 13, Verma 4-23)
Gordon: 51 (Jayasekera 24, Cubbage 9, Parasher 8-19)