The Fairfield Liverpool Lions are well on the way to comprehensively beating Sydney in their Sydney grade cricket round 12 clash at Rosedale Oval.
The home side are already ahead on the firsts innings after finishing the day on 2 for 140 in reply to Sydney, who managed just 128 runs by the time they had lost their last wicket.
Down south on the Hume Highway at Raby Sports Complex, the Camden Campbelltown Ghosts also had the measure of the visitors, Western Suburbs, the grade club of choice for the Australian captain, Michael Clarke.
Batting first, the Magpies amassed 205, and in reply, the Ghosts had lost four wickets for 158 runs at the close of play.
Earlier, Wayne Bull did the damage for the Ghosts with the ball, taking 5 for 51 and was ably supported by Scott Coyte, who chimed in with 4 for 47.
In the batting department, opener Damien Mortimer was still there at the end, 58 not out, and will have his eye on three figures next Saturday when the match resumes.
Up the other end, and also undefeated on 21, is Jaydon Simmons. Their first target will be to chase down the Western Suburbs total of 205 and then press on for quick runs.
Time may in the end have a say on the odds of an outright victory for the Ghosts, but it’s expected they will at least have a go.
The goal of outright victory points is a little easier for the Lions, who are already 12 runs ahead on the first innings, with eight wickets still intact.
Dean Attard compiled 82 before falling, while opener Wendell Delpechitra made 48 for the Lions.
The not out batsmen are NSW rep Ben Rohrer (10) and Jake Doran (1).