Hawks ready to bounce back

EAGLEHAWK will be striving to put two disappointing batting performances behind it when it takes on another of the Bendigo District Cricket Association's big guns this weekend.

The Hawks will clash with Bendigo United at Harry Trott Oval in a round seven match between two top-four teams.

Eaglehawk was one of the early-season pacesetters, winning its first four games.

However, the Hawks have lost their past two games to the undefeated Golden Square and fifth-placed White Hills in performances that were curtailed by batting collapses.

The Hawks lost 8-41 against Golden Square to be bowled out for 128, and 8-75 against the Demons to be dismissed for 188.

"It has been a bit of a lull the past two games and obviously, it's our batting that has been the problem," Eaglehawk captain Jason Abbott said on Thursday.

"We haven't been able to bat out the full 85 overs, which has cost us both games.

"But we've put some measures in to hopefully, rectify that problem. We think we've got the talent there to make a decent score or chase a target, but it's all about batting those 85 overs."

The past two below-par batting efforts from the Hawks came after they didn't lose any more than eight wickets in their first four games.

"We're not panicking or anything like that," said Abbott, who scored 101 against White Hills last round.

"We've been working hard this week to get ourselves ready for Bendigo United, which is a massive game that we're looking forward to."

Like the Hawks, Bendigo United is also coming off a defeat last week after losing to Golden Square by 10 runs in a game dominated by the bowlers.

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