For the fifth consecutive game the Fairfield Liverpool Lions batted first in the NSW Premier Cricket competition.
And like the previous four, the Lions managed to survive the day without being bowled out reaching 8-232 against Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval on Saturday.
On a tough day for batting, the visitors were sent into bat and battled hard against a seasoned Easts attack that featured NSW spinner Will Somerville.
Param Uppal (72) and Matt Critchley (56) combined for an 85-run partnership to form the backbone of the innings.
Skipper Gurinder Sandhu (12 not out) and Liam Hatcher (five not out) will be key players with the bat and ball on Saturday as the Lions look for their fourth win of the year.
A win will see the Lions (eighth) leapfrog Easts (sixth) on the ladder.
Meanwhile, the Lions’ Poidevin-Gray Shield team have moved into third after their six-wicket win against Western Suburbs on Sunday at Rosedale Oval.
Bowling first, the Lions restricted the hosts to 198 thanks to three-wickets each to Harmon Sandhu and Hatcher.
Sandhu (58) then backed up to anchor the run chase with Luke Ohrynowsky (69) to reach the target with seven overs to spare.
In the lower grades, Rohan Indap (128) was the standout scoring a century in fourth grade’s total of 223 at Fairfield Park. In reply, Easts are 1-51.
In other cricket news, former Lion Jake Doran (114) scored his maiden first-class century for Tasmania in their Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia last week.