Who will join Square and BUCCS in finals?

STRATHDALE-Maristians, Eaglehawk, White Hills and Huntly-North Epsom will be all battling on Saturday to join Golden Square and Bendigo United in the Bendigo District Cricket Association finals.

The BDCA is set for an enthralling final day of the home and away season, with six finals contenders still alive.

Two of the games have already been decided on first innings, with Bendigo United having defeated Bendigo to guarantee its 12th finals appearance in a row and Huntly-North Epsom beating an inexperienced Sandhurst.

Both the Redbacks and Power are now chasing outright wins.

The Redbacks need an outright win to guarantee second position and a home semi-final next week, while the Power need the maximum points in their finals pursuit.

With two finals spots up for grabs and four teams eyeing them off, here's what needs to happen for the Suns, Hawks, Demons and Power to finish in the top four:

STRATHDALE: The reigning premiers have their fate in their own hands.

Chase down top side Golden Square's 200 and they play finals, although, they may have to settle for third now after starting the round in second position.

But if the Suns are beaten, they will miss the finals if two of these things happen - White Hills beats Kangaroo Flat, Huntly-North Epsom defeats Sandhurst outright and Eaglehawk at least gets a draw against Strathfieldsaye.

EAGLEHAWK: In a very precarious position at 7-101 against Strathfieldsaye in a match now reverted to ordinary conditions following rain last week.

With the ordinary conditions, three scenarios now confront the Hawks.

If the Hawks win they will stay in the top four.

If they draw they stay in the top four if two of these things happen - Strathdale loses, Huntly-North Epsom doesn't win outright and White Hills loses.

If they are beaten, they will miss the finals if either White Hills wins, or Huntly-North Epsom finishes with a higher percentage.

After last week's play, the Power and Hawks are both now on 45 points and have percentages of 1.11.

Confused yet?

HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM: Already beaten Sandhurst to move to 45 points.

Now chasing the extra four points for the outright win.

If they win outright, they will make the finals if any two of these three things happen - Strathdale loses, Eaglehawk doesn't beat Strathfieldsaye and White Hills loses.

Even if the Power doesn't win outright, they can still get in on percentage as long as both Eaglehawk and White Hills are beaten.

WHITE HILLS: Must beat Kangaroo Flat to be any chance of making the finals for the first time since 1999.

If they beat the Roos - and they only need one wicket to do so - they make the finals if one of these two things happen - Strathdale loses or Eaglehawk doesn't win. 

• BDCA State of Play:

Bendigo United 1-93 (M. Pinniger 64*) v Bendigo 64 (L. Gaskell 21, M. Podosky 3-20) & 2-29 (M. Blackman 14*, R. Trickey 12*) at Harry Trott Oval.

Eaglehawk 7-101 (J. Abbott 24, B. Devanny 5-17) v Strathfieldsaye at Canterbury Park. Match now ordinary conditions.

Kangaroo Flat 9-63 (T. Robertson 19*, G. Roulston 4-4) v White Hills 79 (G. Bowles 24, A. Burns 6-13) at Dower Park.

Huntly-North Epsom 3-82 (J. Collinson 29) v Sandhurst 78 (N. Slater 46, Q. Bentley 3-15) and 3-23 (N. Slater 17*, Q. Bentley 3-4) at Poyser Motors Oval.

Golden Square 200 (S. Johnson 49, C. Taylor 6-63) v Strathdale-Maristians 0-0 at MyJet Oval.

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