VSDCA: Mount Waverley in big chase

MOUNT Waverley has had its share of struggles this Victorian Sub District Cricket Association season but its spirit remains high entering its final matches.

With that in mind, captain Dhugal Bedingfield retains confidence his batsmen can make their biggest run chase of the season when they arrive at the crease against Endeavour Hills at Mount Waverley Reserve this Saturday.

The home side will be chasing the Eagles' total of 7-284 and, while it looks steep and the Eagles are desperate for a win to keep their finals hopes alive, Bedingfield thinks his side will give the score a shake.

The Eagles' innings was powered by a maiden century from Justin Merlino (117).

"We had a hard day at the office on the first day," Bedingfield said.

"We would have definitely batted on this wicket, as it was flat and the outfield gave great value for shots.

"That being said, I think it was a 300 par wicket, so if we can have wickets in hand at tea on the second day I think we'll have a chance to chase it."

The Eagles looked likely to go well past 300 at tea when they were 2-150, but a concerted final-session effort from the home side's spinners and two late run-outs kept the visitors below 300.

Despite some tough losses before and after Christmas, Bedingfield said his side remained committed to the season.

"The spirit in the group remains high.

"We had a bad loss last match but the boys have kept their heads high and I think we just need a good win to get everyone up and about."

Eagles captain-coach Matt Hutchinson said his side had lifted after losing three straight matches.

"Our season was probably on the line this match. If we can win we will be back amongst it.

"You don't play cricket to lose and we'll keep playing until the season is done."

The two sides resume play at Mt Waverley Reserve at 1pm this Saturday.

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