Barooga faces an uphill battle to snare first innings points against Katamatite in the Murray Valley Cricket Association.
The defending premier division champions bowled superbly on Saturday to have the home side all out for just 131 at Katamatite Recreation Reserve, but lost four wickets of their own to be in trouble at stumps.
Trent Batchelor was the destroyer for the Hawks, snaring 7-34 to rip the heart out of Katamatite’s lower order after Jamie Magowan (32) and Andrew Erickson (25) had steered the Tigers to a solid start.
Ben Beaton (2-7) and Colin Watson (2-13) made sure the Tigers claimed the momentum at the end of the day with blistering spells to have Barooga 4-26 overnight.
Jordan Anthony (11 n.o) and skipper Matt Dimble (two n.o) will look to take the bit between their teeth this weekend for the Hawks and knock off as many of the 106 runs required for victory between them.
Nathalia will be poised to pounce if the duo fails though after putting itself in a winning position against Tocumwal.
The Bloods were sent in and managed just 94 as Brodie Ross (3-14) and Brayden Summerville (2-19) led a superb bowling performance for their side.
Ross (11) then started well with the bat, but lost his wicket not long before stumps as Nathalia finished the day on 2-40.
Scott Morris (18 not out) and Clay Stevens (10 not out) will resume their stays at the crease this weekend.
In the other clash of the round, Cobram made 157 after winning the toss and electing to bat, with Deniliquin reaching stumps at 2-19.
Adam De Cicco was the hero for the Tigers with 79, while Andrew Hogan (4-35), Liam Pitts (3-13) and Brad Todd (2-10) were in great form for the Rhinos.