FIFTH and sixth on the laddder, Sandhurst and Huntly-North Epsom face a crucial match in today’s restart to the Bendigo District Cricket Association season.
The Dragons and Power, both on the rebound from defeat in the previous round, will do battle on Sandhurst’s turf at J.L. King Weeroona Oval from 12.30pm.
On the batting front, Sandhurst looks to hold the edge, with Brenton Jones, 332 runs, and captain Nick Scullie key players in the top order.
The Power struggled with the bat in its past two hit-outs and will lok to Ryan Grundy, 383 runs; Brodie and Linc McRae, and ??? to strike form in this match.
Sandhurst’s Quinton Bentley has captured 23 wickets this summer and looms as the major danger to the Power line-up.
The Power’s Sam Johnston, 21 wickets, will again play a key role for an attack which will be without spin bowler Nick Roebuck, 16 wickets.
Another big match will be at Kennington’s Harry Trott Oval where the second-placed Bendigo United takes on the fourth-placed Golden Square.
Heath Behrens has scored 416 runs for Bendigo United this summer and his battle with a Golden Square attack led by Darren Clutton, 17 wickets, and spinner Scott Johnson, 16, will be a highlight.
Marcus Smalley and Miggy Podosky have captured 19 wickets apiece for Bendigo United and have great support from the likes of coach Leigh McDermott and spinner Nick Crawford.
One of the most sought-after wickets for BUCCs will be the brilliant Johnson, 418 runs this summer, who has a great record in matches against the Redbacks.
Scott Trollope hit a match-high 60 in Golden Square’s latest win against Eaglehawk at MyJet Oval.
The Hawks are back on home turf at Canterbury Park for today’s match against the Strathfieldsaye Jets.
Borough captain Jason Abbott is back in the team, albeit as 12th man, as he recovers from a calf injury.
It’s another change to the on-field leadership with Matt Fitt captain for this match in place of Cory Jacobs, unavailable.
Eaglehawk will look for big games from Anthony West, who has marked a great return to the club by scoring 367 runs.
The bowling of Andrew Smith, 18 wickets, and Richard Tibbett, 16, will be crucial against a Jets line-up which had Greg Lyon, 102 not out, Ben Devanny, 50, and captain Ben Gunn, 44, fire in the round eight win against White Hills.
Strathfieldsaye will look for the Devanny brothers, and spinners Liam Smith and Andrew Stove to keep the heat on the Borough.
Strathdale-Maristians will be aiming to add to its unbeaten run when it plays Kangaroo Flat at Bell Oval.
Suns’ opening batsman Cameron Taylor, the BDCA’s reigning Cricketer of the Year, has leads the runs aggregate on 436.
The Adam Burns-led Kangaroo Flat face a tough task against the red-hot Suns.
White Hills and Bendigo have a chance to chalk up their second win of their season in their match on the Demons’ turf at Integrating Technology Oval.
The Hillies, led by acting captain Rhys Irwin, will field one of the youngest teams in the club’s history.