HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM v STRATHFIELDSAYE
Saturday, 12.30pm at Huntly
The third-placed Power hosts the fourth-placed Jets for the first time since they met in last season's semi-finals.
While the Power dominated that two-day contest, this time around it shapes as a tighter tussle.
The Jets haven't lost since a round two super over defeat to White Hills and their five-game unbeaten run includes a victory over second-placed Kangaroo Flat.
The Jets' well-balanced bowling attack has been the backbone of their good performances.
Skipper Ben Devanny, import Chathura Damith and young quick Jed Rodda have bowled well with the new ball, while left-arm spinner Savith Priyan is hard to get away.
Since round two the Jets haven't conceded a score of more than 167.
A score of around that 150-160 mark might be good enough to win on a Huntly pitch where batsmen find it hard to get into a rhythm.
Beating the Power on their home deck is mighty tough.
Seamers Adam Ward and Brett Elvey bowl to the conditions perfectly, while spin duo Elliott Massina and Sandun Ranathunga are in great form.
With two quality bowling attacks engaged, the ability of a top-order batsman to blast a quickfire 60 or 70 might be enough to prove the difference between the two teams.
Round eight teams:Huntly-North Epsom - Elliott Massina (c), Cameron Berry, Adam Ward, Jarrod Harris, Ryan Grundy, Danushka Wijemanna, Brett Elvey, Malan Madusanka, Supun Devinda, Thusith Alboruge.
Strathfieldsaye - Ben Devanny (c), Pat Felmingham, Jack Stubbs, Jed Rodda, Callum McCarty, Nayana Fernando, Mitchell Cheesman, Darcy Hunter, Zoltan Smyth, Savith Priyan, Chathura Damith.
WHITE HILLS v EAGLEHAWK
Saturday, 12,30pm at White Hills.
Eaglehawk has owned White Hills for the past seven years.
November 30, 2013, was the last time the Demons defeated Eaglehawk in a first XI clash.
That game a 16-year-old Brayden Stepien made 69 not out to guide the Demons home after Borough star Andrew Smith had taken 7-64.
While the present day Demons are ahead of the Borough on the ladder, Saturday's contest will be a tight affair.
An injury to Dylan Bailie has left White Hills' bowling stocks looking vulnerable.
The move to give spinner Linc Jacobs the new ball has paid off in recent weeks for White Hills, while the reliable Rhys Irwin is back to peak form after being hampered by a knee injury earlier in the season.
This week they face a different challenge in the form of Russell Stockdale.
The Hawks have changed their batting order and moved the aggressive Stockdale to the top in a bid to give the team a flying start.
It worked well last week against Bendigo, with Stockdale racing to 50 off 36 balls before rain stopped play.
Stockdale's opening partner Anthony West has a good record against the Demons with the bat and if they can make a positive start it will put pressure on the home side.
While they've struggled to post big scores, the Hawks still have a quality and deep bowling attack.
How that attack bowls to the Demons' key top-order batting trio - Mitch Winter-Irving, Caleb Barras and Gavin Bowles - will go a long way to deciding the game.
Round eight teams:White Hills - Mitchell Winter-Irving (c), Caleb Barras, Tyrone Muir, Tom Dunham, Lincoln Jacobs, Gavin Bowles, Jayden Sheean, Rhys Irwin, Hamish Richards, Nicholas Wallace, Eli Pearce.
Eaglehawk - Cory Jacobs (c), Aaron Monro, Richard Tibbett, Anthony West, Samuel Williams, Nash Viney, Benjamin Williams, Nicholas Farley, Angus Chisholm, Russell Stockdale, Brendan Archbold.
BENDIGO v KANGAROO FLAT
Saturday, 12.30pm at QEO
Opportunity knocks for premiership contender Kangaroo Flat.
The Roos' batting continues to be an issue and Saturday's game against an under-strength Bendigo bowling line-up provides the likes of Jake Klemm, Chris Barber, Josh Collinson and Daniel Barber with a golden opportunity to find form.
There's no better batting deck in the BDCA than the QEO - good pace and carry plus a quick outfield.
There's no excuses for the Roos top-order this week.
On the flipside, the Roos have the best pace attack in the competition and they'll enjoy the extra bounce at the QEO.
The potential battle between Flat's pace quartet of Adam Burns, Lewis Stabler, Dylan Klemm and Brent Hamblin against Bendigo star Kyle Humphrys will be the highlight of the game.
Humprhys is not one to back down from his aggressive nature and he'll love the challenge of facing the four quicks.
Humphrys, Bailey George and Nathan Fitzpatrick have the scoring power to give the Roos some headaches.
Round eight teams: Bendigo - Nathan Fitzpatrick (c), Kyle Humphrys, Shane Koop, Dylan Johnstone, Bailey George, Jotham Higgs, Craig Pearce, Declan Slingo, Noah Begg, Xav Ryan, Joel Bothe.
Kangaroo Flat - Christopher Barber (c), Adam Burns, Kenny Beith, Brent Hamblin, Jake Klemm, Dylan Klemm, Nathan Newlan, Daniel Barber, Josh Collinson, Ryan Harling, Lewis Stabler.
BENDIGO UNITED v STRATHDALE-MARISTIANS
Saturday, 12.30pm at Harry Trott Oval.
The winless bottom side hosts the unbeaten top side - sounds scary for Bendigo United fans.
The Redbacks do have one less problem to worry about - Grant Waldron.
The BDCA's leading run scorer this season has ditched the Suns' baby blue uniform and instead will don a suit (hopefully not the Suns' baby blue in colour) for his wedding.
Waldron's absence gives the Suns the opportunity to play with their batting order.
Such has been the dominance of Waldron, Jack Neylon and James Vlaeminck, the Suns' middle to lower-order have spent little time at the crease.
The likes of Daniel Clohesy, Linton Jacobs and youngsters James Barri and Will Gilmore have spent more time in front of the mirror on a Saturday night than they have with bat in hand at first XI level on a Saturday afternoon.
The Redbacks' bowlers will present challenges for the premiership favourites.
Skipper Miggy Podosky and Tom Batters spearhead a disciplined bowling attack.
However, it's hard to see Bendigo United's brittle batting line-up conquering the likes of pacemen Chris Sole and Sam Johnston and spinners Vlaeminck and Cam Taylor.
Round eight teams: Bendigo United - Miggy Podosky (c), Joshua Thurston, Ashley Younghusband, Riley Treloar, Harrison Donegan, Tom Batters, Billy Quirk, Benjamin Daley, Jake Thrum, Scott Harper, Jayden Templeton.
Strathdale-Maristians - Ben DeAraugo (c), Cameron Taylor, Linton Jacobs, Jack Neylon, Jacob DeAraugo, Sam Johnston, Will Gilmore, Daniel Clohesy, Chris Sole, James Vlaeminck, James Barri.
SANDHURST v GOLDEN SQUARE
Saturday, 12.30pm at Weeroona Oval
Two wins from seven matches is not where Sandhurst expected to be at this stage of the season.
On paper, the Dragons have a much better team than their season record indicates, but they just haven't put it together on a consistent basis - yet.
The Dragons, who did not name opening batsman Ash Gray, will continue to push the development of talented youngsters Jasper Langley, Will Gadsden and Kayde Howard.
On Saturday they face a young Golden Square team that has shown flashes of good cricket, however, much like Sandhurst, has struggled for consistency.
The Bulldogs have made a mid-season signing that will improve their depth with bat and ball.
All-rounder Kayle Thompson played the first five rounds of the season with Bendigo, but has been named to make his debut for Square on Saturday.
In a season were you probably need to win at least nine games to be around the mark for finals, the Dragons can't afford to let another one slip.
Round eight teams - Sandhurst: Joel Murphy (c), Jack Ryan, Shane Robinson, Dylan Gibson, Ben Leed, William Keck, Anthony McMahon, Kayde Howard, Jasper Langley, Craig Howard, Will Gadsden.
Golden Square - Liam Smith (c), Corey Van Aken, Max Grant, Scott Trollope, Tom Campbell, Benjamin Derrick, Jack Keating, Riley Hocking, Mitchell Kemp, Connor Miller, Harrison Goode, Kayle Thompson.
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BDCA STATE OF PLAY:
Record: 6-0-1 Points: 39
2. Kangaroo Flat
Record: 5-1-1 Points: 33
3. Huntly-North Epsom
Record: 4-2-1 Points: 27
Record: 3-2-2 Points: 24
5. White Hills
Record: 3-3-1 Points: 21
Record: 3-3-1 Points: 21
Record: 2-3-2 Points: 18
Record: 2-4-1 Points: 15
9. Golden Square
Record: 1-5-1 Points: 9
10. Bendigo United
Record: 0-6-1 Points: 3
349 - Grant Waldron
326 - Kyle Humphrys
310 - Jack Neylon
303 - Caleb Barras
245 - Dylan Gibson
238 - Joel Murphy
221 - Mitch Winter-Irving
205 - Ryan Grundy
17 - Scott Trollope
16 - Brent Hamblin
15 - Rhys Irwin
11 - Sandun Ranathunga
11 - Linc Jacobs
11 - Sam Johnston
10 - Cameron Taylor
10 - James Vlaeminck
ADDY MVP LEADERS:
527 - Scott Trollope
466 - Kyle Humphrys
426 - Cameron Taylor
420 - James Vlaeminck
419 - Grant Waldron
408 - Liam Smith
406 - Mitch Winter-Irving
400 - Sam Johnston
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