Mona High will have to dig deep today if they are to prevent St George's College (StGC) from copping their first hold on the urban area ISSA/First Global 'A' League title, as at the end of day one of the their two-day final clash at Melbourne Oval the boys from North Street were large and in charge.
Led by a brilliant all-round display from Russell Lee, St George's ended the day with first innings honours and a 33-run lead.
Batting first, Mona posted 134, while St George's closed on 167 for three.
Three for 22
Lee, who bowls left-arm spin, claimed three for 22 to help bowl out Mona and by the end of the day he was 57 not out.
Others who have contributed to St George's dominance thus far are pacer Shanoy Blair, who took four for 21, and fellow left-arm spinner Ahmed Campbell, who claimed three for 21.
Mona, who entered the game as slight favourites, given their track record in the competition, had Kadeen Miller 41, Nico Anderson 38, Jahvon Wollaston 17 and Keifer Francis 15 not out, mainly to thank for their total.
"They have the upper hand right now, but in schoolboy cricket one is never really behind," surmised Mona's coach, Owen Speid.
"We still have seven hours to come and we plan to use it to keep ourselves in the hunt," he added.
St George's coach, Glendon Coke, was happy with their position.
"We are quite upbeat now that we have gotten first innings," he said. "We have one hand on the trophy and the plan is to try and bat as long as possible and try and put them out of the game."