EAGLEHAWK v STRATHDALE-MARISTIANS -Canterbury Park
EAGLEHAWK captain Jason Abbott says revenge for last season's grand final loss to Strathdale-Maristians isn't providing any extra motivation for the Hawks ahead of Saturday's one-day match against the Suns.
The Hawks and Suns will lock horns in the Bendigo District Cricket Association grand final rematch at Canterbury Park.
When they last met, the Suns captured their third premiership in a row with a 49-run win over the Hawks in the grand final at the QEO.
"We're not looking at it as any sort of revenge-type match for us," Abbott said on Friday.
"We just want to go about our cricket the way we like to play and hopefully, that's good enough to get a win."
Both the Hawks and Suns began their seasons with victories last week.
The Hawks were far too good for Sandhurst, winning by six wickets, while the Suns fought back from the brink to defeat Bendigo United by two wickets, winning on the second-last ball of the match.
"The boys started off well last week against Sandhurst to get that first win," said Abbott, who helped guide the Hawks over the line with an unbeaten 24.
"There's still a few little things we can work on, but hopefully, we can build on them and put in another good performance."
The standout player for Eaglehawk in last week's win was all-rounder Cory Jacobs.
Jacobs took 2-20 off nine overs with the ball, before later backing it up with 68 batting at No.3.
BENDIGO v WHITE HILLS - Atkins Street
Bendigo - The Goers can’t afford a start with the bat like they had last week against Strathfieldsaye.
The top-order failed as the Goers lost their first four wickets for just 12 runs against the Jets, leaving plenty of pressure on the young middle-order to clean up the mess.
Young guns Mitchell Blackman (57), Alex Pearson (27) and Nathan Fitzpatrick (44) all seemed to relish the extra responsibility in rebuilding an innings, but the result was a six-wicket loss to start the season.
White Hills - What a start to the season for White Hills last week.
The Demons only won one game last season, but have already equalled that tally with their 66-run victory against Huntly-North Epsom.
On last week’s form the Demons will to into Saturday's clash as favourites.
One of the positives out of last week for the Demons was their overseas imports Gareth Davies (62 n.o.), opener Jack Hebron (19) and leg-spinner Jake Foley (3-37) all had an impact in their first game.
HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM v KANGAROO FLAT - Poyser Motors Oval
Huntly-North Epsom: A flat start to the season for Huntly-North Epsom last week.
Suffered a 66-run loss to White Hills in a game that if the Power are to be a serious finals challenger, they should have won.
The Power will certainly want to improve on last week’s batting performance.
They were bundled out for just 137, of which new opener Michael Hanson (70) made more than half on debut.
As the Power found out, you’re not going to win many games when just three batsmen score in double figures.
Kangaroo Flat - Like its opponent, Kangaroo Flat is also coming off a round one defeat.
The Roos’ loss was at the hands of Golden Square.
Opener Daniel Barber carried a heavy load with his career-best 78, but Josh Newlan (21) and all-rounder Brent Hamblin (30 n.o.) were the only other players to get to at least 20.
The Roos have opted to add some extra experience to their side, with veteran Steve Newlan coming in.
It’s only early, but this is a big game for the Roos and Power.
GOLDEN SQUARE v SANDHURST - MyJet Oval
Golden Square - Golden Square has again been touted as one of this season’s flag contenders and got its campaign off on the right foot.
Scored a 17-run win over Kangaroo Flat last week and have shot straight to the top of the ladder.
Former skipper Grant Connelly struggled to make runs early last season, but he had no such troubles last week with his entertaining 86.
Any win early in the season without opening bowlers Darren Clutton and James Pietromonaco will be a good victory for Golden Square.
Sandhurst - Another difficult assignment for the Dragons.
Copped last season’s beaten grand finalists, Eaglehawk, in round one, and now come up against another finalist in Golden Square.
The Dragons will be looking for at least a couple of their batsmen to cash in on a start on Saturday.
Last week’s six-wicket loss to Eaglehawk included seven players scoring in double figures, but only Alex McGauchie (32 n.o.) passed 30.
BENDIGO UNITED v STRATHFIELDSAYE - Harry Trott Oval
Bendigo United - Probably the biggest intrigue in this match is to watch Bendigo United recruit Ben Gunn lock horns against his former side, Strathfieldsaye, for the first time.
And if Gunn picks up from where he left off last week, it could be a long day for the Jets.
Gunn is coming off 110, three wickets and a run-out against Strathdale in his Redbacks’ debut last week.
But despite the heroics of Gunn and Matt Pinniger (76), the Redbacks started the season with a loss on the second-last ball to the Suns. That’s got to hurt.
Strathfieldsaye - The Jets received an early-season boost with their round one victory over Bendigo last week.
The victory came on the back of a difficult off-season when they lost key players, but the side played with great spirit to begin with a win over the Goers.
It was their experienced campaigners in opening bowler Justin Hargreaves (4-32) and all-rounder Ben Devanny (44 n.o. and 3-17), who led the way.
But they face a massive challenge backing up against the Redbacks.