Rams to test Tigers

RUN MACHINE: Sedgwick opening batsman Matt Dwyer made a brilliant start to the season against Golden Gully last Saturday.
RUN MACHINE: Sedgwick opening batsman Matt Dwyer made a brilliant start to the season against Golden Gully last Saturday.

The clash between round one winners Sedgwick and United highlights round two of the Emu Valley Cricket Association.

 Sedgwick couldn’t have been more impressive in thumping reigning premier Golden Gully in round one, while United outclassed West Bendigo in emphatic style.

To make things tougher for United, Sedgwick has been strengthened by the return of skipper Rick Ladson.

The Rams appear to have all bases covered.

Their batting line-up is deep and has a good mix of strokemakers and players who can bat for long periods.

The Rams also have plenty of depth with the ball.

United will certainly be no pushover.

CHALLENGE: Reigning premier Golden Gully is in danger of making a 0-2 start to the season. Pictures: DARREN HOWE

CHALLENGE: Reigning premier Golden Gully is in danger of making a 0-2 start to the season. Pictures: DARREN HOWE

Veteran quick Damien Nihill and star all-rounder Alex Collins come into the team after the round one victory.

However, the Tigers will be without Josh White and Xavier Walsh, who both batted impressively in round one.

The Tigers pace attack is as good as any in the competition and, if they can take some early wickets, they can put the Rams under pressure in the one-day fixture.

Maiden Gully will chase a 2-0 start when it hosts Golden Gully.

Maiden Gully produced a great team effort to upset Mandurang in round one, while the Cobras were poor against Sedgwick.

The one-day format suits Maiden Gully’s attacking approach and it will fancy its chances of recording another big win.

Premiership fancy Mandurang should open its 2017-18 account when it travels to Malone Park to tackle Marong.

Mandurang’s batting was good in round one, with Matt Pask making 70 off 61 balls.

However, its bowling and fielding let it down in the loss to Maiden Gully. Tighter bowling and taking opportunities in the field will be the focus for Mandurang against Marong.

The Panthers will need a lift from its top-order batsmen if they’re to trouble Mandurang. None of their top six batsmen made more than 15 in round one.

Spring Gully outclassed Marong in round one and it should be a similar tale on Saturday when it plays West Bendigo at Ken Wust Oval.

The Crows’ talented top-order will look to post a big score on the batsman-friendly West Bendigo home ground. West Bendigo’s bowlers only took one wicket and conceded 231 runs in 40 overs in round one.