It is the last chance saloon for Taylors Lakes to keep its Victorian Sub-District Cricket Association season alive.
The second-last Lions have a chance to build some momentum for the run home when they return to Coburg holding all of the aces on day two at Coburg City Oval this Saturday.
The first innings points are within touching distance for the Lions after totally bossing the opening day.
Coburg’s batsmen were like deer in the headlights, particularly when facing Lions spinner Jarrod Wakeling.
The bottom-of-the-ladder Burgers sunk to 130 in 57.4 overs, not the kind of score that would trouble too many sides. If the Burgers batsmen wake up in cold sweats this week, it will likely be from a nightmare caused by Wakeling. Wakeling took a phenomenal 8-52 off 22.4 overs, including nine maidens.
He has taken 21 wickets at an average of 15.48 to be the third leading wicket taker in the league. For the record, the other two wickets were taken by Yoshan Kumara and George Sakkas. They were the Lions best bowlers outside of Wakeling, with Kumara taking 1-27 off 13 and Sakkas snaring 1-8 off six.
Small run chases can be tricky to negotiate at times, but Taylors Lakes does not appear to be having worries. The Lions were cruising at stumps on 0-83 off 17 overs, with captain Michael Brne (40 not out) and Dilan Chandima (43no) in full control, requiring just 48 runs for first innings points.