PORT Pirates enter day two of their two-day clash with Port City Leagues Magpies in desperate need of a rearguard action.
The Pirates bowlers did their job at Laurieton Oval last Saturday before watching on as the batting order failed miserably in pursuit of first innings points.
In reply to Leagues’ 109, Pirates will resume at 8-42 with Kenny Bennett and Jeremy Cowin at the crease.
Rob McColl, David Firkin and regular captain Paul Stait will all miss the day two action.
Ross Field, Michael Connolly and Michael Foster come into the side.
Stand-in captain Shane Williams said Pirates knew they had their work cut out.
“There were a couple of shots with the bat that shouldn’t have been played,” he said.
“But credit goes to Port City because they fought really hard and showed a lot of respect for their wicket.
“They dragged their innings out for about 15 or 20 overs and added another 30 or 40 runs which could be quite valuable.”
Leagues captain Kyle Bray wasn’t looking too far ahead.
“We’ll hope to get a couple of quick wickets and then have a bat,” he said.
“But they’ve still got Jack Connolly who is in pretty good form.”