United tackles West Bendigo in battle of big guns

TWO of the Emu Valley Cricket Association's premiership contenders in United and West Bendigo will lock horns when the season resumes on Saturday.

The past two weeks in the EVCA have been abandoned because of extreme heat, but the competition returns for round 11 with a blockbuster clash between the Tigers and Redbacks at Ewing Park.

The Tigers and Redbacks are among a logjam at the top of the ladder, with the top four sides all boasting 7-2-1 records and separated by just four points.

West Bendigo had won five on the trot before last round's heated out matches, while United was too good for Sedgwick last start.

Last time: United 8-287 d West Bendigo 7-276.

• Spring Gully takes on Axe Creek at OTH Oval.

The two sides have won just five games between them this season, with the Crows' major issue with the bat, while the Cowboys have struggled with the ball.

Last time: Axe Creek 7-141 d Spring Gully 106.

• Reigning premier Emu Creek should be far too strong for Sedgwick at Club Court.

The Emus are second on the ladder, and after a mid-season slump are back on track with wins over United and Mandurang in their past two outings.

Sedgwick is battling in eighth position with two wins - both against Maiden Gully.

Last time: Emu Creek 246 & 1-42 d Sedgwick 129.

• Golden Gully has the opportunity to take Marong's position in the top four.

The fifth-placed Cobras are 6.5 points behind the fourth-placed Marong ahead of what shapes as a season-defining club for both teams at Marong Links Oval.

Last time: Golden Gully 283 d Marong 219.

• It has been a tougher season than it has been accustomed to in recent years, but Mandurang will start warm favourites against Maiden Gully at Pearce Reserve.

Last time: Mandurang 294 & 1-63 d Maiden Gully 9-185.

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