Deni Rhinos coach John Arthur is pushing for his side to secure an outright victory in their clash against Katamatite at Memorial Park tomorrow.
The Rhinos will host the Tigers for day two of their Murray Valley Cricket encounter in a strong position, resuming at 2/74 and needing just 25 runs for a first innings victory.
The Rhinos have Boddie Arthur (23 not out) and Zeniffe Fowler (five not out) at the crease.
A first innings win will result in the Rhinos cementing a spot in finals, but Arthur said his side would be aiming to reach higher goals.
‘‘We’ll be looking to bat for 30 overs maximum at a run rate of five to six runs an over,’’ he said.
‘‘That should put us in a good spot to potentially bowl Katamatite out and have a chance for the outright result.
‘‘Outright points are crucial for us to move up into a top two spot.
‘‘It’ll be tough to get an outright win though as we need to make the runs first, as well as take 10 wickets in 50 overs.
‘‘If Katamatite play defensively and don’t look for runs then that’ll make it harder for us to achieve an outright win.’’
The Rhinos bowling attack will be boosted tomorrow with pace bowler Liam Pitts coming into the side to replace Ash Germano.
Unfortunately due to Germano being dismissed on day one, the Rhinos will be unable to have Pitts come into their batting line-up.
‘‘Pitta (Pitts) bowls a good line and hits the pitch at a good pace,’’ Arthur said.
‘‘He would have been handy in our batting line-up, but we should be fine with the likes of Andrew Hogan, Brad Todd and Anthony Bradley yet to bat.
‘‘We’ll need Boddie and Zeniffe to take that early sting out of the bowlers.
‘‘I’m confident they will knock off those 25 runs and get the job done.
‘‘I want to see Zeniffe play his aggressive style of cricket. It’s exciting to watch and I’m looking forward to see him tee off.
‘‘The quicker we can score runs, the better chance we have of finishing with the sought after outright win.’’
In Division One, the Rhinos will host ladder leader Katunga in a must-win 40 over game tomorrow.
The Under 14s will host Nathalia in a 20-20 match.
The Deni Rhinos will be hosting their second annual Deni Rhinos Bowls Night at the Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club tomorrow night.
The action will start at 7pm, consisting of teams of four with the cost of $20 per person also covering a barbecue dinner.