Bendigo has a golden opportunity to break a drought dating back to round three of the 2015-16 BDCA season when it resumes against Kangaroo Flat on Saturday.
The Goers resume at 0-35 chasing Kangaroo Flat's total of 260 at Atkins Street.
Bendigo has had trouble chasing scores in the past few seasons and haven't reeled in a score of 260 or more since round three of 2015-16 when it made 8-281 in reply to Bendigo United's 8-277.
Skipper Shane Koop (14 not out) and Xavier Ryan (19 not out) will have the job of setting the foundation for the run chase.
It won't be an easy task. Forecast wet weather combined with the Roos' pace attack of Brent Hambin, Dylan Klemm and Adam Burns means the Goers' top-order will need to work for every run.
The closest finish of the round could be at Huntly where the reigning premier will try to defend 172 against Bendigo United.
The Power will be desperate to claim the prized wicket of Redbacks' star Jake Klemm (14 not out) early in the day.
Sandhurst will need one of its top-order to post a big score in its run chase against Eaglehawk at Weeroona Oval.
The young Borough side made 9-232 last Saturday, with seven players making between 25 and 50.
If the Dragons can get Taylor Beard, Joel Murphy or Mark Combe to turn a start into a big score then the home side should be able to get the points.
Golden Square is favourite to secure its first win of the season after it made 318 against White Hills at Scott Street last Saturday.
Chasing 300-plus is always a tough ask, but the Demons have the added handicap of a back injury to skipper Mitch Winter-Irving.
The injury stopped Winter-Irving from bowling last Saturday and the hard-hitting right-hander might not be able to take his place at the top of the White Hills order.
In the final game of the round, flag favourite Strathdale-Maristians (341) should collect another six points against Strathfieldsaye.
After posting 341 last weekend, the Suns will attack a Jets' batting line-up that is without injured captain Ben Devanny.
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