Pressure on Mandurang against Redbacks

MANDURANG needs 251 more runs with nine wickets in hand to defeat West Bendigo on Saturday or risk losing touch with the Emu Valley Cricket Association top four.

After bowling the Redbacks out for 259 last Saturday at Ken Wust Oval, the Rangas will resume at 1-9.

The Rangas will chase Saturday's target without their leading run-scorer this season after Matt Giri (0) was the wicket to fall last week when dismissed by Ashley Durie.

• Axe Creek is facing a daunting run-chase against United at Champions IGA Oval.

The Tigers last week plundered 9-397 against the Cowboys.

It would be a massive upset if the Cowboys chased down the target, but the Tigers - who won't have Alex Collins bowling - will have in the back of their minds Axe Creek scored 361 against them in round 11 last season, so they won't be under-estimating the opposition.

• Marong has already secured first innings points against bottom side Maiden Gully.

The Panthers are 3-82 after bowling Maiden Gully out for 81 at Marong Links Oval.

• Reigning premier Emu Creek will continue its innings at 1-56 against Spring Gully at JG Edwards Oval.

The Crows are defending a score of 220.

• Golden Gully is 1-44 chasing Sedgwick's 194 at California Gully Oval.

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