THE established benchmark of the competition, Mildura Settlers, have set the early pace as the only side to win both the one-day games that opened the season.
However, Workers Gol Gol are the highest scoring team so far after one-day totals of 9/185 and 6/228.
It has been a mixed bag from Workers Gol Gol’s bowlers, dismissing Coomealla Wentworth for 119 in round 1 then giving away 5/235 in an extraordinary game against Nichols Point last Saturday.
Coomealla Wentworth v Mildura East
COOMEALLA Wentworth’s bowling was a strength in the one-day games, taking the most wickets of any side (19).
Justin and Liam Freeman have proved key, each taking five wickets and the latter averaging 28 with the bat.
Half centuries to Luke Cullinan (55) and Matt Job (79) against Merbein South last Saturday were encouraging after a disappointing overall batting performance from the side first up.
Irymple v Merbein South
AFTER an encouraging opening win, Irymple had a reality check last weekend in an eight-wicket loss to Mildura Settlers.
All-round recruit Mark Thomson has had an impact with bat and ball, opening bat Jordan Payne has made starts in both games while others, including David Filippi, also showed a bit in the one-day format.
Merbein South, yet to win this season, are the only side to have been bowled out in both matches to date, while also taking the fewest wickets.
Nichols Point v Mildura West
COMING off a team-lifting seven-run win, which broke an eight-game losing streak, Nichols Point will look to build over the next two days’ play.
All-rounders Aaron Negi and Kaushik Aphale, whose 91 not out set up the Pointers’ huge total last week, have been handy in both games so far, while there are encouraging signs from several other batsmen and bowlers.
Mildura West sit second entering the first two-day game of the season after a mixed bag of results.
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