QUANTONG will look to bounce back from defeat when it faces Rup-Minyip in a two-day match at Quantong Park starting on Saturday.
It’s been a difficult past two rounds for the Bombers, with the team conceding more than 400 runs against premiership favourites Lubeck-Murtoa before losing to Jung Tigers at the weekend.
Another loss this weekend would see the Bombers fall outside the top four right on the verge of finals.
Key to the home side’s hopes will be opening bowlers Sam Weddell – fresh from a five-wicket haul against the Tigers – and captain Jordan McDonald.
The Blue Panthers bowling attack has also been in form – especially against the Bombers – dismissing them for just 108 and 53 in their two completed innings.
Lubeck-Murtoa can move one step closer to the minor premiership with a win over the Tigers at home.
Mudlarks’ skipper Craig Wilson, 88 runs, and Shaun Trotter, 106, found form against Horsham Saints last round.
So did Tigers batsman Anthony Redford, as he became the side’s third centurion this season.
In a clash of two in-form C Grade teams, third-placed Jung Tigers will meet fifth-placed Blackheath-Dimboola at Dimboola Road Oval.
Only six runs separated the teams last time, with five wickets from Tigers’ Alistair Sudholz proving the difference, despite a fighting half-century from Bulls batsman Timothy Edgerton.
Either Noradjuha-Toolondo or Quantong will close the gap on the top four when they clash at Noradjuha, while Colts need a win against Laharam at home to stay inside the top four.
Horsham Saints will be looking to move off the foot of the table, but it will be a challenge against top team Natimuk-Goroke.