MIDLAND-Guildford will need early wickets if they are to prevent a first innings loss against South Perth at Lilac Hill in Premier Cricket.
In the first of the two-day fixtures this season, the Swans declared at 9-146 after 66 overs, with the Sky Blues 2-32 after 10 overs in reply.
Sent in, the home side started well with Englishman Dom Sibley (27) and ex-Olly Cooley medallist Tim Armstrong (31) setting a terrific foundation for their side.
The Sky Blues however continued to get wickets around them, as Midland-Guildford went from 3-87 to 9-146 in no time.
Swans skipper Stewart Walters made a bold decision to declare at 9-146, giving his bowlers 10 overs at South Perth where they managed two big wickets.
Armstrong delivered with the double strike, giving the home side hope as they push towards an unlikely victory.