Round three of the Bendigo District Cricket Association continues on Saturday.
EAGLEHAWK v KANGAROO FLAT - Canterbury Park
EAGLEHAWK has been set a target of 232 to beat Kangaroo Flat and keep its undefeated start to the Bendigo District Cricket Association season intact.
The Roos largely had captain Adam Burns (62), opener Daniel Barber (59) and veteran Steve Newlan (39) to thank for their score of 9-231 last week.
After last round’s win over reigning premier Strathdale-Maristians, the Hawks would be bitterly disappointed if they don’t back it up against the Roos, but they will have to bat well against Adam Burns, Hamblin and co.
• Last week’s best: KANGAROO FLAT - A. Burns 62, D. Barber 59, S. Newlan 39. EAGLEHAWK - A. Smith 3-44, A. Monro 3-85, C. McGlashan 1-15.
STRATHFIELDSAYE v WHITE HILLS - Tannery Lane
STRATHFIELDSAYE was widely touted pre-season as the likely wooden-spooners, and those odds shortened once captain Greg Lyon suffered a season-ending knee injury in round one.
However, the Jets should beat White Hills on Saturday and win their second game from three starts.
Brent Hargreaves (19 n.o.) and Ben Devanny (17 n.o.) will resume the Jets’ innings at 2-45 in pursuit of White Hills’ meagre 129.
• Last week’s best: WHITE HILLS - G. Davies 33, D. Larke 23, S. Stagg 21, R. Irwin 2-13. STRATHFIELDSAYE - J. Hargreaves 5-23, B. Devanny 3-47, B. Hargreaves 19*, B. Devanny 17*.
GOLDEN SQUARE v HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM - MyJet Oval
HUNTLY-North Epsom has the biggest day two chase of any side after Golden Square last week scored 9-283.
The Power are 1-1, with their two batting performances so far having relied heavily on new opener Michael Hanson in round one and captain Linc McRae last round.
Of the 18 wickets the Power have lost so far this season, only three have been for scores of more than 30.
They will need plenty of contributions to score the 284 they need to win.
• Last week’s best: GOLDEN SQUARE - S. Johnson 65, D. Hickman 59, S. Trollope 43. HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM - Q. Bentley 3-63, D. Gibson 2-28, S. Johnston 2-101.
BENDIGO v STRATHDALE-MARISTIANS - Bendigo District RSL Oval
BENDIGO will need to produce something special with the ball if it’s to pull off a massive upset against Strathdale-Maristians.
The Goers last week collapsed from 3-102 to be all out for 145, with spinner Cameron Taylor taking 5-41 for the Suns.
All-rounder Taylor now has the chance to back up his five-for with a big score, like he did last season against the Goers with twin tons.
Taylor is 8 n.o. and Travis King 12 n.o., with the Suns at 0-21.
• Last week’s best: BENDIGO - M. Blackman 54, M. Ryan 22, N. Fitzpatrick 16. STRATHDALE - C. Taylor 5-41, B. DeAraugo 2-18, N. Roebuck 2-22.
BENDIGO UNITED v SANDHURST - Harry Trott Oval
SANDHURST needs 207 runs on Saturday to record its first win over Bendigo United in the Bendigo District Cricket Association for more than a decade.
The Dragons will resume at 0-13 at Harry Trott Oval after bowling Bendigo United out for 219 on day one last Saturday.
Sandhurst hasn't defeated Bendigo United since winning by 24 runs in round eight of the 2001-02 season.
"I think it's certainly an achievable target if we bat our 85 overs on Saturday," Sandhurst captain Craig Howard said on Friday.
"The outfield was quite fast last week, so I'm assuming it will be similar on Saturday, so if that's the case, if we bat our 85 overs we should get the 200-odd runs that we need."
Aiding the Dragons in their run-chase is that they won't have to contend with two of Bendigo United's key bowlers in wily veteran Nick Crawford and coach Marcus Smalley, who are both missing the round three match.
Young openers Isaac Conway (8 n.o.) and first-gamer Sebastian Greene (1 no.) will continue the Sandhurst innings after last week negotiating seven overs before stumps.
"Isaac is one of the better young players going around and got an opportunity in the seconds with Essendon last week," Howard said.
"We think we've got plenty of batting in the side with Andrew Sheehan coming in down at No.9."
Sandhurst has lost its opening two games of the season and sits on the bottom of the ladder.
A win over a quality side like Bendigo United - tipped to again be one of this season's flag challengers - would be a major boost for the Dragons' confidence.
"Bendigo United is a proud club, so I'm sure they will come out and throw everything at us," said Howard, who starred with the ball last week, taking 5-37.
"But we'll have to absorb it, take our eyes off the scoreboard a bit and just play each ball as it comes.
"If we can bat the 85 overs, you probably couldn't help but score 200-odd runs on that outfield."
Last week's best: BENDIGO UNITED - H. Behrens 45, M. Podosky 44, M. Di Fede 35. SANDHURST - C. Howard 5-37, W. Keck 2-9, L. Bowe 2-71.
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