Killarney must balance preserving wickets and getting runs on the board early against Panmure in GCA cricket

ALL-ROUNDER: Killarney's Liam Cole releases the ball during day one of the match against Panmure. He could play a big role with the bat in the Crabs' run chase on Saturday. Picture: Rob Gunstone
ALL-ROUNDER: Killarney's Liam Cole releases the ball during day one of the match against Panmure. He could play a big role with the bat in the Crabs' run chase on Saturday. Picture: Rob Gunstone

KILLARNEY must strike the correct balance between preserving its wickets and getting runs on the board early as it looks to chase down Panmure’s 192 runs on Saturday.

The reigning Grassmere Cricket Association premier did well to bowl the Bulldogs out for fewer than 200 runs after their middle order got hold of the Crabs’ bowlers.

Killarney captain Brayden Buchanan said the minor win was in no small part due to the tireless bowling of Jason Hutchins.

“He said last season he didn’t bowl 20 overs all summer,” Buchanan said.

“On Saturday, he bowled 22 straight.

“I thought if I could’ve got six good overs from him, I’d be happy. But I ended up getting 22 out of him for 44 runs.”

Now, the Crabs must chase down a solid total more than 30 runs over what Buchanan expected par to be against a side he knows is capable of tying down an end.

“I think batting the (full 70) overs will be important, but someone is going to have to make runs,” he said.

“It’s definitely a good score, but I think if we bat well, we should be able to chase them down.”

Buchanan pointed to proven performers Liam Cole, who made 88 runs in the Crabs’ 2017-18 grand final win, and Brendan Chatfield as two who could play a big role in the chase.

Purnim is chasing an outright win against Mailors Flat, which is 2-55 in its second innings. Purnim still holds a 66-run advantage after declaring in its first innings.

Wangoom is 2-73 chasing Hawkesdale’s 109 and Woolsthorpe will resume on 0-2 chasing Yambuk’s 181.