Cricket all weekend

It is going to be hot weekend for the Maryborough and District Cricket Association A grade competition with teams playing Saturday-Sunday matches.

With very hot conditions forecast, it will be a trying time for all local cricketers.

Maryborough meets Laanecoorie Dunolly at Princes Park and the home team will start a warm favourite.

Two of the very much in-form teams clash at the Ron Sinclair Oval in MKM and Carisbrook.

These sides have lost just one match each at this stage and terrific contest is expected.

Key batsmen will be Sam Bartlett for MKM who is in sensational touch and Carisbrook’s Lachlan Coutts.

Both teams have had their best starts for many seasons and whichever side gets the points, it will have a decided advantage over the other.

At home, it could be the Mill which will have its nose in front late on Sunday.

Clunes is on a high after a couple of good victories over St Arnaud and MKM and is host to Colts Phelans.

It has been a disastrous start to the season for Colts with just one win to date.

Already behind the eight-ball to reach the finals, Colts has to win this weekend.

However, Clunes is playing well and will take some tossing, especially at home.

St Arnaud hosts Beaufort in what is a real opportunity for both clubs.

It has been tough going for both teams with St Arnaud boasting one win while Beaufort is yet to break its duck for the 2009-10 season.

Being a Saturday-Sunday game, the visitors are likely to stay overnight as they have done in the past and they should be fired up come Sunday morning.

Beaufort will be crushed without the services of Terry Sharp who is unavailable (his parents 50th wedding anniversary) but will no doubt give a good account of themselves anyway.

At Lord Nelson Park, St Arnaud is favoured to gain the six points.

In A reserve, one day matches will be contested tomorrow.

Laanecoorie Dunolly will play Maryborough at Deledio Park, Carisbrook is home to MKM while Beaufort hosts St Arnaud. Colts Phelans have the bye.

In B grade, one day games will also be contested with MKM up against Beaufort and Colts Phelans playing Clunes. Carisbrook has the bye.

In the under 16s, matches are halfway through.

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