Old Students are well on the way to the points against Numurkah in Cricket Shepparton under-14 A-grade action.
The Blues were skittled for 70 in 37.3 overs at Kialla on Saturday and will need to produce a miracle on Friday night after Students reached 3-34 at stumps, needing only 37 for victory.
Only two Numurkah batsmen — Callum Morris (14) and Hunter Verhoeven (11) — reached double figures as the Students attack fired on all cylinders.
Seven different bowlers claimed wickets, headlined by Callum Walton (3-14 from 5.3 overs) and Connor Hangan (2-9).
Hangan’s unbeaten 23 has helped Students knock off nearly half of the target with seven wickets still in the pavilion.
Mooroopna has a chase of 186 to overhaul Notre Dame-St Brendan’s at Victory Park.
The Tigers batted 43.2 overs with captain Pat Cormican (40) top-scoring, while William Browne produced a fine cameo of 32 at No.8 and opener Harry Green smashed six boundaries in his 30.
Jed Woods was the lone bowler to take multiple-wickets for the Cats, returning figures of 2-30 from six overs.
Euroa needs another 78 runs for victory against Karramomus at Vibert No.2.
The Bloods could only manage 101 after the impressive bowling efforts of Georgia Gall (3-5), Nicholas McCabe (2-7) and Fletcher Paul (2-8).
Euroa raced to 1-24 from nine overs when stumps were taken.
In the B-grade competition, Shepparton United reached 5-169 from its allotted 45 overs against Karramomus at McGregor Oval.
Opener Reily Menhenett was the leading light with the willow, scoring 41 retired, lifting his average for the season to 117.
Pine Lodge needs 118 runs for victory with nine wickets in hand against Tatura.
Tatura opener Xavier Hutchison’s 50 proved pivotal in helping the home side reach a competitive, if not spectacular total of 147 from 42 overs.
All 11 players bowled for the Lodgers, with Pat Thompson (2-17) the pick.
The Lodgers batted for eight overs, reaching 1-30 at stumps, headlined by Sean Thompson’s unbeaten 24.
Northerners posted 1-245 against Cricket Shepparton’s under-16 girls at Tallygaroopna.
Four batsmen retired in the 40s — Preston Hall (42), Mason Woods (41), Declan Newbound (40) and captain Brock Austin (40), while Harvey Walker scored 39 not out.