Oak Flats captain Andrew Twyford has pressed the importance of patience as his side continues their run chase against Kookas on Saturday.
The Rats commence the day’s play at 0/5 after Kookas declared late on day one at 9/284 and Twyford acknowledged the important role his top order batsmen will play throughout the first session.
“I need the top three to see off the new ball, to set the standard, and once the ball stops moving, we’ve got every chance to get the runs,” Twyford said.
“The wicket was a bit up and down, but there was no movement in the air after the shine had gone off the ball. If you’re patient enough, you can get the runs pretty easily.”
Kookas will be looking to opening bowlers Jacob O’Connell and Gerard Healey to strike early and lay the platform for a victory. A win will ensure the side maintains contact with second place The Rail on the ladder.
In Saturday’s other play, Shellharbour will resume at 3/10 in their match with Gerringong. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Gerringong were bowled out for 255. However, a fiery 10 over spell late in the day saw them get right back into the game.
Greg Macdonald and Matthew Klaczkiewicz are the not out batsmen and will have to form a lengthy partnership if their side is to claim the match.
The only side not to bat last Saturday was The Rail and it likely won’t take long for that to change. Lake Illawarra were 9/365 at stumps after a Kerrod White century laid the foundation for a big first inings score.