Wimmera-Mallee cricket set to return

WIMMERA-MALLEE cricket returns tomorrow with a blockbuster grand final rematch.

Reigning premier St Mary's will host last season's runner-up St Arnaud at Warracknabeal in the first meeting between the sides since the grand final in March last year.

St Mary's entered that match as underdog, but will go into tomorrow's clash as favourite after a dominant first half of this season.

The team is undefeated from six matches and its next two matches against St Arnaud and Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills could be season-defining.

If St Mary's can overcome both sides, it has a good chance of ending the home and away rounds without a loss.

All-rounder Tim Bell said the team was keen to keep winning and lock up the minor premiership as soon as possible.

"We probably won't look too far ahead to the end of the season, but if we can come away with the points in these next two games it will hold us in good stead for the rest of the year," he said.

Marnoo and Donald will fight it out at Marnoo with a spot in the top four potentially on the line.

Donald occupies fourth position, leading fifth-placed Marnoo by six points and a handy percentage gap.

But a big win to Marnoo could see them displace Donald in the last finals position with only four rounds remaining after the weekend.

Brim-Kellalac-Sheep Hills also has plenty to play for against Charlton at Brim tomorrow.

The Eagles are in second place on the ladder and a win would guarantee they keep that position.

In other matches, Jeffcott and Wycheproof-Narraport meet at Jeffcott tomorrow, with both sides searching for their second win of the season.


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