Rain forecast threatens region's cricket

The forecast of more rain after an already wet week has Illawarra and South Coast cricket in doubt this afternoon as clubs scramble for semi-finals spots in both competitions.

On the second day of round 13 in the South Coast comp, three matches are on track for an outright result, while second-placed Oak Flats are due to face a batting test against third-placed Shellharbour.

Shellharbour took it up to the Rats making 190 on the opening day at Geoff Shaw Oval.

Oak Flats will need to bat well to take the first innings points, while Shellharbour won't want a rained out draw and know a victory would be a huge boost to securing a top-four spot.

Meanwhile, leaders Lake Illawarra have already taken the 14 first innings points against Kiama after 25 wickets fell on day one at Cavalier Park. The Lakers made just 66 then bowled out Kiama for 51, with the Lakers set to resume at 6-44.

Gerringong-Jamberoo (6-84) have taken first innings points from Albion Park (68) at Keith Grey Oval.

And Warilla Sports remain in finals contention after claiming the first innings from The Rail at Croome Oval.

Warilla rolled the Razorbacks for 59, then declared at 7-70, with The Rail due to resume today in their second dig at 1-18.

Meanwhile, with three rounds left in Illawarra cricket, fifth-placed Dapto will be hoping their clash against Keira is not washed out at Reed Park.

Dapto are 18 points behind fourth-placed Corrimal, who take on University at Uni Oval today.

In other round 16 games, Port Kembla and Northern Districts are coming off a win for their clash at King George V Oval, Helensburgh host Wests and Balgownie are at home to Wollongong.

 Albion Park's Steve Hopkins on the attack against Gerringong-Jamberoo last Saturday.

Albion Park's Steve Hopkins on the attack against Gerringong-Jamberoo last Saturday.


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