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Campion College take charge of Grace Shield cricket final

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMLivingston Scott

Campion College jumped into the driver's seat after day one of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Grace Shield corporate area three-day schoolboy cricket final at Melbourne Oval, taking first innings lead and building a 34-run advantage with two wickets to spare.

Batting first, St George's were bowled out for 98, with Romero Buddo top scoring with 23,

followed by Gavin Ricketts with 21 and Andrew Thompson 13.

Saad Ahmad, who got the Liguanea-based school off to a great start, led the bowling with four for 14, while Abihjai Mansingh took four for 51.

Campion, needing only 99 runs for first innings, lost two early wickets and were reeling at two for 10. However, a third-wicket stand of 72 between Abihjai Mansingh (29) and Neil Johnson (34) saw them past St George's first inning total in 20 overs.

another 50 runs

After Abihjai Mansingh and Johnson were dismissed, Atishai Mansingh came to the fore and posted a game-high 35 runs to help Campion reach132 for eight at the end of the day's play.

Kirk McKenzie was the pick of the bowlers for St George's, taking four for 46 runs, while Simon Lee took three for 35.

Campion's coach, Dwight Stewart, is looking to add another 50 runs.

"With two wickets in hand, we want to score at least 190 or thereabouts and see where it takes us, but once our remaining batters apply themselves, we will pull through," Stewart said.

St George's coach, Glendon Coke, said getting early wickets when play resumes at 10 a.m. will be crucial if they are to get back into the contest.

"Ninety-eight was not enough. I thought 120 to 130 would have been good," Coke said.

But we've bowled ourselves back into contention. Tomorrow (today), we will get those wickets early and go out and bat and take it from there."