Weather critical in mid-table contest at Ziems Park

ILLAWARRA CRICKET

Corrimal and Helensburgh are chasing precious first-innings points this afternoon heading into day two of their round 10 clash at Ziems Park.

Neither side will want rain to be a factor following an even day one, with Corrimal bowled out for 246 and, in reply, the Burgh worked to 0-41.

Corrimal openers Kurtis Trindall (59) and Tom McDevitt (55) put on 116 in 24 overs, before the Helensburgh bowlers fought back hard to share the spoils.

Brad Bell (2-34) made the critical breakthrough, dismissing the openers, and was backed up by Tim Lloyd (3-33) and Christian Lewis (3-44).

Lewis returns to the crease unbeaten on 30.

Helensburgh headed into the clash in fifth spot, two points behind University, and six points clear of sixth-placed Corrimal.

Meanwhile, the University bowlers did a great job dismissing Keira for a modest 158, but the students head into day two in trouble at 4-65.

Doug Murphy (40) and Neel Honavar (40) held the Keira batting together, while Rhys Voysey took 5-46 for the students.

Opener Andrew Page (37) batted well for the students, who need their middle order to fire with another 94 runs needed for victory.

In other games, a 93-run third-wicket stand between Dale Scifleet (56) and Richard Marsh (61), plus an unbeaten 49 from Chris Georgiou put Dapto in a strong position against Port Kembla at Reed Park. Dapto made 221 while Port resume at 0-3.

Meanwhile, Northern Districts are chasing an outright win against Wests Illawarra at Hollymount Park.

Skipper Mark Johnson made 93 as Norths declared at 4-241, with Wests in trouble at 4-36.

Finally, Wollongong need to beat leaders Balgownie at North Dalton Park to keep their finals hopes alive.

Wollongong are 1-62, with Cam Johnson unbeaten on 34, chasing Balgownie’s 227.

Jamie Fleming recorded an unbeaten 76 for Balgownie, while Sam Mutch took 4-43 for the home side.

Ladder (before round 10): Balgownie 63, Keira 51, Dapto 46, University 42, Helensburgh 40, Corrimal 34, Northern Districts 33, Port Kembla 29, Wollongong 28, Wests Illawarra 9.

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