Preview of round five of the Emu Valley Cricket Association season starting Saturday.
GOLDEN GULLY v SPRING GULLY
GOLDEN GULLY (1-3) – it took them four rounds, but the reigning premiers finally have their first win of the season.
And they did it last week by knocking over United by 25 runs.
Saturday’s clash against the undefeated Spring Gully – the start of the EVCA’s two-day rounds – begins a challenging three-match stretch for the Cobras, with games to follow against Sedgwick (second) and Maiden Gully (fourth).
Captain Brad Webster – who is leading the Addy’s EVCA MVP – is continuing to impress with the ball, with his return in the four one-day games 2-36, 3-35, 3-27 and 4-38.
SPRING GULLY (4-0) – the Crows are proving to be the competition’s pace-setters.
They are now the only undefeated team with wins by 12, 115, 72 and 47 runs as they are getting the job done with both bat and ball.
Their spread of contributors with the ball is highlighted in seven players – headed by Liam Pilcher (eight) – having taken at least three wickets.
Last time: Golden Gully 203 & 4-130 d Spring Gully 153.
Since 2008: Golden Gully 5; Spring Gully 5.
Selection: Spring Gully.
WEST BENDIGO v MARONG
WEST BENDIGO (0-4) – spent the first four rounds mired to the bottom, but there have been better signs the past fortnight with two competitive showings against Sedgwick and Mandurang.
Were much better with the ball, in particular, last week when they dismissed the Rangas for 158.
MARONG (0-4) – like the Redbacks, the Panthers are also still striving for their first win of the season.
Have been more competitive than a 0-4 record suggests given they’ve had a pair of 12-run losses to top-four sides Spring Gully and Maiden Gully.
Last time: West Bendigo 164 d Marong 149.
Since 2008: West Bendigo 6; Marong 2; Tied 1.
UNITED v MANDURANG
UNITED (2-2) – WLWL throughout the first four rounds of the season for the Tigers.
Coming off a defeat to Golden Gully last week and now face the in-form Rangas.
The Tigers have found it tough going getting any continuity in their side, having already played 24 players throughout their first four games.
Left-armer Andrew Duguid is leading the way with the ball for the Tigers with nine wickets.
MANDURANG (3-1) – the Rangas didn’t start their season well with a round one loss to Maiden Gully.
However, they are building momentum with three wins in a row behind them, albeit being pushed all the way by the winless West Bendigo last week.
Last time: Mandurang 232 d United 212 (semi-final).
Since 2008: United 6; Mandurang 5.
RELATED – EVCA TOP 50 MVP RANKINGS
SEDGWICK v MAIDEN GULLY
SEDGWICK (3-1) – came unstuck against Spring Gully last week when both its much-vaunted batting and bowling line-ups failed to fire.
You wouldn’t expect a team with the class of the Rams to turn in two poor performances in a row.
MAIDEN GULLY (3-1) – so far so good for Gully, which has won three of its first four games to give itself a solid platform to build from.
However, taking on the Rams will give a better indication after round five of just how legitimate a flag contender the Gully is.
Last time: Sedgwick 188 & 3-143 d Maiden Gully 94.
Since 2008: Sedgwick 10; Maiden Gully 2
RELATED – LAST WEEK’S ROUND FOUR WRAP
ADDY MVP POINTS:
1 run = 1pt; 1 wicket = 20pts; 1 catch = 10pts; 1 run out/stumping = 15 pts.
298 – B. Webster (GG)
272 – A. Duguid (Utd)
257 – D. Chamberlain (Sedg)
256 – R. Brown (MG)
255 – J. Bish (SG)
251 – J. White (Utd)
236 – R. Webb (SG)
232 – D. Anderson (Marong)
231 – J. Marciano (SG)
225 – L. Rafferty (Mand)
192 – T. Wilson (Marong)