Both Cressy and Trevallyn hope to build on round 1 TCL Premier League wins and edge four points clear of one another on Saturday.
The two titans will clash at Cressy Oval with Trevallyn to be without skipper and opening batsman James Whiteley.
Co-coach Matthew Cocker said Paul Fruin had been called upon to fill the void and that reaching 200 again was the target. “Paul has been making runs and taking wickets so he has earned his spot,” Cocker said.
“We made over 200 against ACL only two down, and if we can make 200 every week – it’s a very hard score to chase down in TCL.
“Clinton [Reid] batted superbly and Daniel Kirk has been a good find from WA.”
Bulldogs captain-coach Damian Whybrow said his “full-strength” charges were up to the task.
“Our bowling unit is looking forward to taking on the competition’s best batting side, we can’t wait,” he said.
In complete contrast, HADSPEN and BEAUTY POINT will both be hunting redemption at Hadspen Oval for losses a fortnight ago.
Chieftains captain-coach Liam Reynolds said pacemen Jacob Walker and Sukhith Caldera would come into his best XI. Tamar Tigers captain-coach Rob Crane will miss along with staples Beau Hills and Joe Bodis.
“Damian Woods seems to be in good form for them so he is their obvious key wicket,” Crane said.
“Our first game was reduced and the umpire walked off so it wasn’t an ideal start, we bowled well but we just need to be a bit smarter with our batting.”
In-form PERTH hosts Legana with both teams showing a lot with the bat early on.
Durhams coach Geoff Stick said he is impressed by the fact his side is yet to be bowled out this season.
“Perth is coming off a good win over Hadspen, while we weren’t too disappointed in losing to Cressy… as we managed to score almost 200 run against last year’s grand finalists,” he said.
“But we still need to improve on lapses we’re having in games.” Dylan Sharman is a chance to return.
In-form Twenty20 side ACL face defending champion LONGFORD at University Oval with the Bluebacks chasing their maiden 40-over victory.
And ACL captain-coach John Kedey said his side can’t afford to be 0-2 come Saturday afternoon.
“We match up well against Longford… and I hope our T20 win a few weeks ago gives our boys some confidence,” he said. Anuradha Dissanayaka, Michael Pickard and Stephen Daniels will play, while Country Tigers captain-coach Josh Adams said Jackson Blair would return to the fold for the unavailable Rob Moore.
“Their depth has improved – their opening bowler goes alright so we expect a tough contest,” he said.