The Deni Rhinos will start day two of their Murray Valley Cricket Association two-day clash against Waaia in a strong position for victory tomorrow afternoon.
The Rhinos will resume at 2-26 with Ash Germano and Zeniffe Fowler at the crease, chasing down a small total of 131 runs in the final match of the home and away season.
Despite the result not affecting his side’s spot in finals, Rhinos coach John Arthur is desperate for his side to claim a victory.
‘‘We want to bat out the full 80 overs on Saturday (tomorrow),’’ he said.
‘‘For our lead into finals we want a test for the batters and the ultimate net session is batting against a quality bowling attack.
‘‘Waaia are a talented side with a skilful bowling line-up. They will also be looking to win to make a big statement for next year, so we will have our work cut out.
‘‘I want our entire batting order to be making runs, as we’ve struggled deep down the list.
‘‘We need to show we can bat a full day as finals are won by sides who can concentrate for the full 80 overs.’’
There will be one change to the Rhinos’ line-up with Harry Hillier coming in for spinner Evan Pocock, who is away and unavailable for day two.
Arthur said this will be a good chance for Hillier to push his way into the starting line-up for finals.
‘‘It’s good for Harry to create an opportunity to earn that spot,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully he can score well and put himself in the mix.
‘‘I’m also looking for runs from Liam Pitts and Jonty Tub.
‘‘We need everyone contributing, so we want them to find some form with the bat.
‘‘I would also love to see Zeniffe in form this week. I can see he’s on the verge of another big score and now is the best time of year to do it.’’
In other action the Rhinos’ Division One side will travel to Barooga for their final match of the year tomorrow.
The Rhinos’ Under 14s side will host Katunga in the grand final on Sunday.