Tigers still in the hunt

OVENS Valley United captain Corey Southern is confident his side can defend its total of 172.

OVENS Valley United captain Corey Southern is confident his side can defend its total of 172 set against Rovers United Bruck when play resumes this weekend.

“We were three overs shy of batting out the day but it was a big improvement from the last few weeks,” Southern said.

“We would have liked a few more, another 20 to 30 would have been good but the ground is quite slow, they have just put sand on it and I think it’s the second or third game on the wicket so it was pretty slow and low.

“I don’t think it is going to be any easier to bat on this week so we will go in confident and we feel we’ve got a handy enough bowling line-up to defend it.”

The Tigers’ total of 172 was largely due to the performance of number three batsman Scott McNamara who recorded his second half century of the season, posting 74.

McNamara arrived at the crease early after the dismissal of Bernard Ruaro with the score just 13, and batted through most of the innings with the support of George Taylor (14), Brad Piazza (17) Lachlan Hourigan (15) and Nelum Kumara (12).

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