SOUTH Wagga will welcome back Mick Mattingly for next week’s run chase against Lake Albert.
The Blues decision to bowl after winning the toss on Saturday did not quite come off as Lake Albert finished with 195 at Wagga Cricket Ground.
They were all out in the 74th over.
Danny Webber opened and top scored with 52, while most of the Bulls’ middle order made contributions without going on to post a big score.
The undefeated Blues now have a match on their hands and will need to be on song next Saturday in order to chase down 195.
They will be boosted by the return of Mattingly, who has not played for South Wagga in about a year after moving to Melbourne.
The talented all-rounder will play with the Blues while home for university holidays.
South Wagga captain Joel Robinson looks forward to the challenge.
“After winning the toss and bowling, we would have liked to do a bit more damage early on but we didn’t bowl well enough in the first two sessions,” Robinson said.
“I was pretty happy with our bowling after that, they were 4-170 after 60 overs so we got their last six wickets for about 20 runs.
“We’ll have to bat well to chase it down but I’ve got full confidence in our batting list to be able to do it.”
Robinson said the chase will be a great opportunity.
“It gives us the opportunity to stand up as a batting group, which we haven’t done this year,” he said.
“We’ll have Mick next week too which will strengthen up our middle order.”
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