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BROTHERS Jake and Dylan Klemm have played plenty of backyard cricket against each other over the years.
“Every day over summer we’d be playing against each other out in the backyard. We used to play Ashes, Twenty20 and one-day series against each other and have an absolute ball,” Jake said on Friday.
“We’d mow a wicket in the backyard, which mum wasn’t a big fan of, and spend hours out there playing against each other.”
The two Klemm brothers will be playing against each other again on Saturday, but the stakes will be a bit higher than those of their backyard cricket tussles.
The brothers will be on opposing teams in round two of the Bendigo District Cricket Association when Kangaroo Flat hosts Bendigo United.
The two had been team-mates together at the Roos before older brother Jake made the move over the off-season to join the rival Redbacks at Harry Trott Oval.
Jake is champing at the bit to take on his former side, who he first played first XI cricket with in 2010-11.
“I’m really keen to get stuck into it. It’s obviously going to be a bit weird coming up against them, but I’m just treating them as another side,” Jake said.
“I know their strengths and weaknesses, so I’ll try to use that to my advantage. But I guess they know mine as well, so it should be a good battle.”
Given Jake will bat in the top order for the Redbacks and Dylan will be one of the keys with the ball for the Roos, there has been a bit of brotherly banter in the lead-up to the match with some added stakes to the contest.
“If he gets me out I’ve got to buy him a slab, and if I can score 20 runs off him then he has to buy me one, so there’s a bit of added incentive as well,” Jake said.
With veteran Leigh McDermott (calf) still out injured, Jake will again captain the Redbacks like he did in last week’s season-opening one-day loss to White Hills.
Kangaroo Flat is also coming off a round one defeat to Strathfieldsaye.
“Every club talks about getting those early wins before Christmas,” Jake said.
“Coming from the bottom last year we know there’s a lot to work on and we have to get a lot of things right before we can start to become as successful as past BUCCs side.
“We know it’s one step at a time, but there’s a good feeling around the club.
“Everyone was up and about in the field for the 45 overs last week; now we’ve got to sustain that for another 40 overs this week.”
Meanwhile, new Bendigo United coach Miggy Podosky last week joined the BDCA’s 250-wicket club.
Having started the season on 246 wickets, Podosky bagged 4-46 against the Demons.
Podosky, who made his first XI debut in 2008-09, picked up his 250th wicket when be bowled the Demons’ Jack Bourke (9).
Elsewhere, after copping a first-up blow from reigning premier Sandhurst last week, Bendigo gets the chance to deliver one back to the Dragons starting Saturday.
The two sides are again pitted against each other in the first of the two-day rounds in what is a contest that also doubles as the Ron Slattery Cup between the two clubs.
The Dragons won a thriller by three runs against the Goers last week, with their return clash at Weeroona Oval sharing joint billing with Strathdale-Maristians v Golden Square as the games of the round.
• BDCA round two games, 1pm start:
Strathfieldsaye v Huntly-North Epsom – Tannery Lane.
How they stand: Strathfieldsaye (1st, 1-0). Huntly-North Epsom (9th, 0-1).
Last time: Strathfieldsaye 7-144 d Huntly-North Epsom 130.
Kangaroo Flat v Bendigo United – Dower Park.
How they stand: Kangaroo Flat (10th, 0-1). Bendigo United (7th, 0-1).
Last time: Kangaroo Flat 250 d Bendigo United 100.
Sandhurst v Bendigo – Weeroona Oval.
How they stand: Sandhurst (5th, 1-0). Bendigo (6th (0-1).
Last time: Sandhurst 199 d Bendigo 9-196.
Strathdale-Maristians v Golden Square – Bell Oval.
How they stand: Strathdale-Maristians (3rd, 1-0). Golden Square (2nd, 1-0).
Last time: Golden Square 7-104 dr Strathdale-Maristians 0-0.
White Hills v Eaglehawk – Scott Street.
How they stand: White Hills (4th, 1-0). Eaglehawk (8th, 0-1).
Last time: Eaglehawk 5-292 dr White Hills 3-102.
LUKE WEST – Huntly-North Epsom, Kangaroo Flat, Sandhurst, Golden Square, Eaglehawk.
ADAM BOURKE – Strathfieldsaye, Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo, Strathdale-Maristians, White Hills.
EMU VALLEY CRICKET ASSOCIATION
EMU Creek makes its return to division one of the Emu Valley Cricket Association with a home game against Marong in round two starting Saturday.
Round two matches:
Maiden Gully v Spring Gully
Mandurang v United
Emu Creek v Marong
California Gully v Sedgwick
October 14 (one-dayer):
West Bendigo v Maiden Gully
1. West Bendigo – 12
2. Spring Gully – 12
3. Mandurang – 12
4. California Gully – 0
5. Marong – 0
6. United – 0
7. Maiden Gully – 0
8. Emu Creek – 0
9. Sedgwick – 0
NORTHERN UNITED CRICKET ASSOCIATION
THE Northern United Cricket Association season gets under way on Saturday with the opening round of its Twenty20 competiton.
Saturday will be the first of three Twenty20 rounds, with games to also be played on October 20 and January 19 before an Australia Day final on January 26.
Saturday’s matches get under way at 2pm.
• Saturday’s round one Twenty20 games:
Colbinabbin v Bagshot
Calivil v Raywood
Goornong v Elmore
Dingee v Heathcote
UPPER LODDON CRICKET ASSOCIATION
SATURDAY’S round two one-day games in the Upper Loddon Cricket Association:
Inglewood v Newbridge
Boort-Yando v Kingower
Arnold v Bridgewater
Wedderburn v Serpentine
Games get under way at 1.30pm.
• Upper Loddon ladder after round one:
1. Inglewood – 6
2. Boort-Yando – 6
3. Kingower – 6
4. Wedderburn – 6
5. Newbridge – 0
6. Arnold – 0
7. Serpentine – 0
8. Bridgewater – 0
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