THE Bendigo United and Sandhurst cricket clubs will chase some early-season silverware when they face off in their annual John Turner Memorial Shield clash starting this Saturday.
The John Turner Memorial Shield is fought for over seven grades from first XI through to under-11A between the two Bendigo District Cricket Association clubs.
The seven games will also include man-of-the-match awards being presented to the best player.
The Redbacks and Dragons have battled for the John Turner Memorial Shield since 2005-06.
Turner, who died in June, 2005, at the age of 64, had a strong affinity with both Bendigo United and Sandhurst, where he is a life member at both clubs.
Turner played all his junior cricket at Sandhurst, and later captained the Dragons' 1976-77 premiership before joining Bendigo United during the 1980s.
Bendigo United has dominated the John Turner Memorial Shield matches, holding a 6-1 advantage, while it was washed out in 2010-11.
In the first XI game at Harry Trott Oval, Sandhurst will be chasing its first win of the season after losing its first two matches to Golden Square and Eaglehawk.
Bendigo United is 1-1 after last week defeating Strathfieldsaye, while in round one the Redbacks lost to reigning premier Strathdale-Maristians.
The presentation of the John Turner Memorial Shield, along with the man of the match awards, will be held before Bendigo United and Sandhurst play their Twenty20 match at Harry Trott Oval on Sunday, October 27.