Fairfield Liverpool face a 300-plus run chase on day two after Western Suburbs recovered to reach 8/281 on Saturday at Pratten Park.
Winning the toss and batting, the home team were reduced to 3-25 and then 5-98 with Liam Hatcher (2-37), Chad Sammut (3-39) and Param Uppal (2-80) sharing the wickets.
Wests’ skipper Jonathan Cook (75) led the fightback and together with Jason Hughes (46) produced a 115-run sixth wicket partnership.
The Lions, who didn’t bowl a no-ball and wide in 96-overs, battled hard in the final session as the home team dug in to build steady partnerships.
In the lower grades, the Lions face another tricky run chase in second grade with Wests piling on 6-307. Third gradewill be chasing an outright win after dismissing Wests for 73. They will resume on 0-14 after the Lions declared at 3-168.
Alexander Gomez (78) led fourth grade to a score of 258, while fifth grade are 0-4 chasing 226.