Melton will have to bat well if it’s to come away with the points in the opening round of the Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association.

After a solid first day in the field, the Lions’ match with Malvern in the south-west division is evenly poised.

The Lions got the first win of the match, with the game relocated from Malvern to the Lions home of MacPherson Park.

In an attempt to get all matches starting on time, the VSDCA moved games to away team grounds if needed to get play started on Saturday.

Malvern won the toss and elected to bat, with Melton playing coach Nathan Geisler saying he would have done the same.

Malvern finished its overs on 4-222.

Geisler said it was a mostly even day.

“It was good that we didn’t have to travel to Malvern,” he said.

“We got off to a good start and had them 2-20 odd before they got a partnership.

“We then got another couple of wickets before a late partnership.

“They kept wickets in the shed for the last 20 overs and attacked from the 60th over.”

Despite Malvern attacking late, Geisler said he was happy with how the Lions finished off the innings.

He said it was a good bowling and fielding effort in warm conditions.

Brad Jones was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-59 off 20 overs, including five maidens.

Ash Sweet took the other wicket, bowling 10 maidens in his 19 overs.

Geisler said the Lions were confident that they could get the runs this weekend.

“We have to set ourselves up before tea and have wickets in the shed,” he said.

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