Pressure on Redbacks’ top four spot

WEST Bendigo is under pressure to hold onto its position in the Emu Valley Cricket Association top four heading into round 10 today.

The Redbacks are fourth on the ladder, but have a tough clash at home against the undefeated United.

Chasing the Redbacks’ position in the top four is Marong, which is eight points behind West Bendigo and plays bottom side Golden Gully. 

West Bendigo maintained its position in the four last week with its 52-run victory over Maiden Gully.

West Bendigo hasn’t had a player make a score above 50 in its past two games, although, Jason McDonald just fell short last week with 49.

The strength of the United batting line-up is shown by Alexander Collins, Jayde Mullane, Josh White and Joshua Filo all having made scores over 60 in the Tigers’ past two games.

This game features two of the three leading bowlers in the competition in Collins (28 wickets) and West Bendigo captain Dion Prange (23). 

● In other games, Marong will start favourites against Golden Gully at California Gully.

The Panthers have Scott Ross, who continues to lead the league’s runs with 543, while Richard Murphy has made back-to-back centuries in his past two games.

● Third-placed Emu Creek will be striving to bounce back from a disappointing batting performance when it hosts Sedgwick.

Emu Creek lost second spot on the ladder last week after being bundled out for 96 chasing Marong’s 229.

Sedgwick has won two of its past three games, but sits 22 points outside the top four.

● Axe Creek will be out to break its five-game losing streak when it meets Spring Gully. Both teams have won two games for the season.

● And reigning premier Mandurang should move a step closer to locking up a top-two finish when it plays Maiden Gully, which has lost its past four games.

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