A STRONG bowling performance on Saturday has left Angaston needing just 130 more runs for victory against Sandy Creek in Barossa & Light A1 cricket.
The impressive fielding performance, fronted by a four-wicket haul from Lucas Bramberger (4/27), held the Cockies to a below-par 138 runs, with the Blues reaching stumps 0/9 in reply.
Angaston won the toss and sent the Cockatoos into bat and it took just 11 runs for Bramberger to claim his first victim, Stephen Hands.
He backed it up by dismissing Shane McNair (duck) and trapping fellow opener Jamie Diener (12) LBW soon after.
From there, the Cockies had little reprieve as Bramberger bowled up-and-comer Ethan Morrow for seven to leave the side at a worrying 4/36.
Daniel Kickel was Sandy Creek’s first steadying hand, reaching 19 before Scott Rathjen knocked him over.
A cheap wicket, followed by the immediate loss of fellow run-scorer Zac Kreutner (13), ran out by Brett Burgess, was far from what the Cockatoos needed, leaving them at 7/88.
But the tail still had some wag as Nathan Gum (16) and Corey Roberts (29) stood tall for the lower order.
After their dismissals, it was Scott Hill (zero not out) who was left standing in the middle as the Cockies finished their innings on 138.
Angaston openers Shaun Woodards and Greg Bain will resume on an unbeaten five and four,
respectively, when play resumes on Saturday.