Avoca has the unenviable task of taking on newly crowned one-day premier, Laanecoorie Dunolly, in the first game back after the holidays.
Avoca finished last year with a bang, claiming a hearty 65-run win over Colts Phelans, the Dogs’ second and most convincing win of the season so far.
Both of Avoca’s wins have come over Colts, by just one run in one-day, making the round nine victory all the more satisfying.
Despite this lift in spirits, the Dogs are in trouble this round as Laane is completely undefeated and last month claimed the one-day premiership with confidence.
It’s no surprise that Laane trumps the rest of the competition in wickets lost with just 28 in seven games, 21 less than the next closest team, and runs made with 1308, almost 200 more than second placed Clunes with 1116.
Avoca has lost 77 wickets this season, the most of any side, but has also drummed up 1034 runs in the same time despite winning just two games.
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