Tigers staring at rare absence from Emu Valley finals

TOUGH TIGER SEASON: United's Andrew Duguid has toiled hard for the Tigers this season with 16 wickets. The Tigers, who host Spring Gully this weekend, are facing the prospect of missing the EVCA finals for just the third time since 1980. Picture: NONI HYETT
TOUGH TIGER SEASON: United's Andrew Duguid has toiled hard for the Tigers this season with 16 wickets. The Tigers, who host Spring Gully this weekend, are facing the prospect of missing the EVCA finals for just the third time since 1980. Picture: NONI HYETT

AN EMU Valley Cricket Association division one finals series without United?

It has only happened twice since 1980, but it’s looming as a possibility this season.

With two rounds remaining in the home and away season the Tigers are in the unfamiliar position of sixth on the ladder, 11 points outside the top four.

And their season will get no easier this Saturday when they host the second-placed Spring Gully at Ewing Park.

Ladder positions suggest the Tigers will go in as underdogs, but when they met earlier in the season United was too good for Spring Gully by 60 runs in a one-day match.

One of the issues that has hampered the Tigers all season has been their revolving door of players that hasn’t allowed any continuity in their team.

The Tigers have had 31 players bat in their division one team – the next most is Golden Gully with a distant 21, while the league average is 19.5.

United is coming off a loss to Maiden Gully last round, while the Crows will be buoyed by their win over Mandurang that has them firmly on track for a top two finish.

Crows batsmen Rhys Webb (475), Lachlan Brook (422) and Joel Bish (408) are all among the competition’s top five run-scorers.

Last time: United 4-218 d Spring Gully 158.

Since 2008: United 12; Spring Gully 5.

Tip: Spring Gully.

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Other round 13 games:

Golden Gully v Marong

Last time: Marong 166 d Golden Gully 103.

Since 2008: Marong 7; Golden Gully 2.

Tip: Golden Gully.

Maiden Gully v West Bendigo

Last time: West Bendigo 4-277 d Maiden Gully 239.

Since 2008: West Bendigo 8; Maiden Gully 2.

Tip: West Bendigo.

Sedgwick v Mandurang

Last time: Sedgwick 9-232 d Mandurang 6-165.

Since 2008: Mandurang 7; Sedgwick 3.

Tip: Sedgwick.

Ladder:

Sedgwick – 151.9

Spring Gully – 144.7

Mandurang – 115.3

Maiden Gully – 110.6

West Bendigo – 102.1

United – 99.2

Golden Gully – 82.7

Marong – 76.9