A passive, yet controlling form by the Greater Northern Raiders against Clarence made for a long day in the sun at UTAS Stadium on Saturday.
The bowling attack of the Raiders managed to keep a damper on a sluggish Clarence, however a failure to capture four wickets lead to the day being called after 96 overs, with the visitors compiling 167 runs.
Raiders coach Tim Coyle said his team bowled well and kept Clarence contained.
"We really stuck to our plans well and we controlled the game from ball one to the last to keep them restricted," he said.
"Outfield was a little slow but still there were very few opportunities to score ... our bowlers bowled a very good and disciplined line and length, and there were very good signs."
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Luck was not on the Raiders side Saturday, with plenty of near catches and appeals not going their way.
"We created enough opportunities to get 10 wickets but at the end of the day we can control so much, the ball's in Clarence's court - we'll see what they do on Sunday," Coyle said. Clarence batter Justin Galeotti would carry his bat the entire innings, ending with 73 runs from a hefty 281 balls.
"He batted well, it'll be extremely hard to get him out. Then again he wasn't hurting us either, it's a bit of a balancing act really," Coyle said.
"When someone's slowly building a score, it allows us to build pressure - I thought we did that really well.
"It's a funny game isn't it? One week a team can go out and score 500 in 70-odd overs, and then the next week a team faces 96 and scores 160."
"I think it was a day that the Raiders won, and now we'll see what happens in the morning."
Raiders captain Oliver Wood said the team was feeling really good after the first day, and that the team learned a lot from the sponge-like batting from Galeotti.
"It's a funny game isn't it? One week a team can go out and score 500 in 70-odd overs, and then the next week a team faces 96 and scores 160."Tim Coyle
"It was a fairly long game, we're a young group and to play like we did today - we see it as a big win," he said.
Both Coyle and Wood said day one's result left the team optimistic going into day two on Sunday.