STUNG by its first defeat of the season, Emu Creek faces the in-form Marong in Saturday's seventh round of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season.
The Emus will be on their home ground at J.G. Edwards Oval for the one-day crucial clash with the Panthers.
Emu Creek will be determined to hit back from an 11-run loss to Spring Gully.
Anthony Collins captured four wickets apiece for the Emus on day one.
The chase was led by Brad Rowe 53; Daniel Chamberlain 38; and Tim Hobbs 36; but a Spring Gully attack led by Liam Pilcher and Jason Tovey on four wickets apiece reigned supreme.
Marong's batsmen spent plenty of time at the wicket in a big win against Maiden Gully.
The Panthers reached a score of 410. Nick Ede 91; Andrew Gladstone 78; Richard Murphy 66; and captain Jeremy Ross 58, led the way.
Dean Cosgriff took 4-17 as Maiden Gully was dismissed for 81.
Maiden Gully is at home on Evolution Oval for Saturday's battle with West Bendigo.
Rob Brown took four wickets in Gully's clash with Marong, but will need a lot more support.
West Bendigo will start hot favourite in this contest.
The Redbacks beat Mandurang by 100 runs last round.
Matt Dwyer 78; Joel Purdy 59; Ashley Durie, four wickets, and Dion Prange, three wickets, were West Bendigo's best.
A resurgent Spring Gully travels to Ewing Park for the clash with United.
Des Gilmore, 41, and Jarrod Fitzpatrick 38, were Spring Gully's leading batsmen against Emu Creek.
Pilcher and Tovey will again play key roles in the Crows attack.
United's depth with bat and ball will test Spring Gully.
Josh Filo hit a team-high 85 in United's win against Axe Creek.
Andy Collins, Andrew Gaul and Luke Kairn all passed the 50-mark as the Tigers reached 9-397.
Dominic Colville took four wickets against Axe Creek.
The Axe Creek line-up travels to Strathfieldsaye's Club Court for the clash with Sedgwick.
Both teams are on the rebound from defeat.
Charles Ready 59, and Travis Nolan 53 not out, were Axe Creek's best last round.
Brannon Stanford 63, and Jordan Ilsley 52, were leading run-scorers for Sedgwick against Golden Gully.
Another big match will be Pearce Reserve where Mandurang takes on Golden Gully.
The Rangas are desperate for victory.
Brendan Lummis 73, Brad Webster 63, Peter and Phil Moore on three wickets apiece were best in Gully's latest victory.
The play of batsman Rhys Williams, and all-rounders Ben Rodda and Warrick Behrens will be vital to Mandurang's chances.
The EVCA's division one ladder after six rounds: Emu Creek 90.3, United 89.1, Marong 87.3, West Bendigo 78.0, Golden Gully 70.1, Spring Gully 60.5, Mandurang 49.2, Axe Creek 36.3, Sedgwick 35.9, Maiden Gully 34.2.