THE clash between Maffra and Stratford is set to have a major bearing on both the one day table and basic ladder to begin the second half of the season.
While Maffra remain two games clear from the third placed Stratford on the basic ladder, Stratford will provide spirited opposition given it still remains a chance to qualify for the one day final.
One win and one loss in the one day competition replicates Stratford’s patchy form to date, but the Redbacks have plenty of talent with both bat and ball and could set themselves for a strong finish to the season.
One win behind the top three on the one day table, Stratford will need to keep winning its remaining one day contests to be a chance of qualifying for the final.
Maffra also have plenty to play for this week and could further consolidate its top two standing on both tables with victory this week, while remaining in touch with the ladder leaders.
UNDEFEATED in one day cricket this season, Bundalaguah and Rosedale-Kilmany could also produce a thrilling contest.
Two out of the three wins for Rosedale-Kilmany this season come from one day cricket, with the Warriors top of the one day table and a big chance to qualify for the final should it continue its impressive one day form.
The Warriors will have earnt the opportunity if they qualify, with the second placed Maffra to follow its contest with the ladder leaders.
One of three teams on 22 points on the basic ladder, a big scalp could go a long way to ensuring the Warriors secure a semi final berth.
Bundalaguah will also hope to get its second half of the season off to a strong start with victory to further consolidate its top two standing in both the one day and overall competition.
WINLESS and out of contention to play off in the one day final, Boisdale-Briagolong and Collegians meet in a contest that could still have a bearing on the overall ladder.
Currently fourth on the ladder, victory for the Saints could further consolidate its spot on the ladder and could even advance to third should other results go its way.
But Collegians won’t be an easy prospect.
With a mixture of youth and experience, Collegians are coming off a last start win over Maffra and could play a major role in determining the make-up of the top four in the second half of the season.
SALE CITY will take on cross-town rival Sale with faint hopes of qualifying for the one day final.
One game behind the one day top three, Sale City would need to keep winning and hope other results fell its way in order to qualify, and will also relish the opportunity to climb from bottom of the overall ladder.
Winless in one day cricket this season, albeit after facing the top two sides, Sale will be looking to reverse that form in order to keep in touch with the top four on the overall ladder.