AFTER a week off, Bodalla will return to its home ground tomorrow in search of victory and would be confident of achieving just that against the Bay Tigers Gold.
However, scoring a win will be easier said than done against a Tigers Gold side fresh off the back of a massive victory over Tuross Head last Saturday.
If Bodalla is to have any chance of success tomorrow, then its primary objective should be to shut down, or at least restrict, in-form Tigers’ batsman Paul Windsor.
Windsor, who has averaged close to 30 with the willow this season, was Gold’s only shining light in the heavy defeat against intra-club rivals Tigers Black a fortnight ago, and again showed his value last weekend with a match-winning innings of 46 against Tuross Head.
Tigers Gold skipper Chad Pickett spoke earlier this week about Windsor’s blistering form, but called upon the rest of his side’s top order to equal Windsor’s efforts.
Pickett has impressed spectators himself of late with a string of fine bowling performances, the latest of which produced three wickets in the weekend’s big win.
Meanwhile, Moruya will be at home for the second time in as many weeks tomorrow when it hosts competition heavyweight Dalmeny-Narooma.
The two teams head into the match with contrasting form guides, Matt Corbett’s Dalmeny-Narooma side demolished Broulee on the weekend, while Moruya suffered a heavy defeat against Bay Tigers Black.
However, one thing Moruya isn’t short on is team spirit, and Scott Sullivan’s men will need to call on all of that tomorrow in order to halt Dalmeny-Narooma’s powerful batting line-up, which is likely to be strengthened further by the return of young gun Daniel Simpson.
Moruya openers Brett Chown and AJ King batted bravely against the Tigers last weekend, but would be looking to build on those efforts with big scores tomorrow.
In the round six’s third and final game, Tuross Head will travel to Surfside for the second week running, this time to face unbeaten defending champions Bay Tigers Black.
Gavin Smart’s Bay team has looked the goods so far this season and the skipper himself hit top form last weekend with a brilliant century against Moruya.
Tuross Head has looked a vastly improved side this campaign after a disappointing 2011-2012 season but will surely head into tomorrow’s match as the clear underdog.
This weekend’s draw for round six:
Bodalla v Tigers Gold (B) at Bodalla Oval
Tigers Black (A) v Tuross Head at Batemans Bay
Moruya v Dalmeny-Narooma at Gundary Oval
Broulee have the bye.