Central Park-St Brendan’s faces a daunting run chase when its game with Old Students resumes tomorrow.
Students got back to their best on day one, batting with class to make 9-250 from 80 overs, putting them firmly in the box seat to take a rare win.
Tyson McKenzie was day one’s star, making a tremendous 120 with support from Connor Hangan (28) and Gino Saracino (56).
Reflecting on last Saturday, Students captain Luke McPhillamy was thrilled — but he was quick to note the job was not done.
‘‘(Last week) was really good, Tyson got on top and dominated and Connor stuck with him for a great partnership to recover from where we were at 3-17,’’ he said.
‘‘Others at the end chipped in well too, so we’ve done half the job and now we’ve got to finish it off.’’
The Tigers are third on the Haisman Shield ladder and have it all to play for, with the league’s top three sides to secure a home semi-final.
It would take something special for them to chase down the big total though, even with 80 overs to do it.
To seal a come-from-behind win, it would take their best batting performance of the season, with their biggest total of 5-238 coming against Students in a one-day game.
McPhillamy agreed his side had set a more than competitive total.
‘‘I think so, if we can get a few early wickets we can really build some pressure,’’ he said.
‘‘We just need to build pressure and be patient in this two-day game.
‘‘We have to switch on for the 80 overs, not just for 45 and we haven’t had much 80-over cricket in a while.
‘‘It’s going to be a test for us, but we passed that same test with the bat last weekend.’’
The Tigers have been balanced with the bat this season, with their top and middle orders including plenty of match-winning talent.
For Old Students, stuck to the bottom of the ladder with one win for the season, building some momentum in the remaining rounds is key.
‘‘It’s just about effort for us, and trying to finish the year on a positive note,’’ McPhillamy said.
‘‘Just after Christmas we were in a good position against Karramomus before that was washed out, we could get a result on the weekend and we’re looking forward to the challenge in the last round against Katandra.
‘‘It’s about building a base for next year and we’re looking to start building in these last three weeks.’’