Teams evenly matched af­ter day one

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT -

UNIVER­SITY and Mid­land Guild­ford ap­pear evenly matched fol­low­ing the end of day one, with both sides putting in im­pres­sive all­round per­for­mances on Satur­day at James Oval.

The de­ci­sion from Mid­land Guild­ford to send Univer­sity in to bat first turned out to be a great one, as the visi­tors took 5-52 in the blink of an eye.

How­ever, Univer­sity’s mid­dle or­der came to the res­cue, with Viv Paver and cap­tain Matthew Bir­rell com­bin­ing for a gritty 84-run part­ner­ship.

Af­ter Paver was dis­missed for 57, Bir­rell con­tin­ued his good form from last round, with an 85-run part­ner­ship with Sean Stu­art.

Cap­tain Bir­rell fin­ished the day on 73, leav­ing his side steady at 7-221.

Stu­art and Rex Strick­land con­tin­ued to score quickly in the dy­ing stages of the in­nings, fin­ish­ing with 261. Mid­land Guild­ford re­sponded ex­pertly be­fore the end of the day’s play, sit­ting on 0-47 with Hay­den Cob­ley and James Kir­wan at the crease.

Mid­land Guild­ford will con­tinue the run chase this Satur­day at 11.40am at James Oval.

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