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Massive weekend of cricket headlines two days of action

By Andrew Johnston

Cricket

Everything is on the line this weekend, with clubs in Goulburn Murray Cricket A grade playing not only the second day of round 14, but also round 10 one day games called off earlier in the season due to the heat will be played.

These two days will decide the make up of the top four.

Saturday

Rochester v BLU

With nine wickets in hand, BLU still needs 200 more runs to win the match.

This game has the ability to be the end of the line for Rochester, who will need to win both their clashes this weekend and still have results go their way in order to make it back into the four.

They declared at 7/241 last week seemingly to try and get some wickets before stumps and position their side for an outright, but could only manage one wicket as Greg Pearse held firm in making 30 runs.

An outright looks unlikely from here, but with Rochester the better side on paper, a straight victory is more than a possibility.

Kyabram Fire Brigade v Cooma

Sitting in fourth with a game-and-a-half advantage, just one win this weekend will be enough for Cooma to play finals.

Day one of their clash against the Flames has put them in the box seat to do so.

Liam Barrett's 52 and Liam Thorne's 47 saw Cooma make 201 on the opening day of play, setting a strong target for Ky to chase.

While Ky can't miss finals, they can still fall out of the top two and miss out on a home final, with just six points separating them from third and fourth.

The Flames have the batting power to easily reign in their target, and would want to be producing as finals approaches.

Tongala v Echuca

The Blues are a near certainty to lock up their finals spot on Saturday in their match against Echuca, and an outright could well be on the cards.

The Blues bowled their opponents out for a dismal 99 inside 50 overs last week, and at close of play Tonny were just 27 behind.

A victory locks up a top four spot, and with results yet to play out, they could find themselves in second place by the end of the day.

Echuca is out of contention, but will still be looking to get a result to add some late success to their campaign.

Moama v Echuca South

Moama is looking to lock down top spot in their clash with South, and are well and truly on the road to doing so.

After dismissing the Swans for 111, Moama made it to 2/107 at the close of play.

An outright, even with another game to play on Sunday, would secure top spot, and if South's opening innings is anything to go on, the outright result is looking like more than a possibility.

Sunday

Tongala v Cooma

If the points are close heading into Sunday, this could prove to be the most important match of the season.

Tongala and Cooma will likely sit third and fourth when the game begins, and while Tongala will likely be locked into a finals spot, there is a real chance Cooma will be playing for their season.

If Ky and Rochester both win on Saturday, Cooma will need to win to sew up fourth.

Or they could win on Saturday and end the speculation.

Echuca South v Rochester

A win on Saturday would be a job half done for Rochester. Then it needs to beat South.

A win, with results already going their way, will lock them into fourth spot.

There is little to no chance of this side finishing higher (third place could be in play in theory) but this remains an absolute must win.

Moama v Kyabram Fire Brigade

The two best sides in the competition this season face off in what could be a dress rehearsal for the grand final.

While other sides will be jostling for position, the two sides who will most likely host home finals will get one last look at each other.

With home ground advantage, these two sides will likely be in the box seat for grand final spots, so getting a chance to feel each other out before a possible grand final meeting will be the ideal final match of the season.

BLU v Echuca

Its a meeting of two sides who have been disappointing throughout the year.

Both teams have shown at stages they can play highly competitive cricket when they are at their best, but haven't been at their best often.

This will be one final opportunity to add point to their season tally, with both teams looking to build towards their next season.

Lawn bowls

Echuca sits in top spot on the CVBD weekend ladder heading into the final week of play, with exactly one more point than Tongala, despite Tonny having more wins on the season.

Both Echuca and Tongala have matches against middle of the table sides in Rochester and Mathoura respectively, and will be desperate to get strong wins to remain the top two, and hopefully claim top spot.

Third placed Moama will be hunting victory on the road in Deniliquin, while Rich River and Deni RSL will play out the final match of the round.

In mid-week action, Moama is untouchable on top heading into the final round, leading Echuca by 62 points.

The minor premiers face the bottom side in the competition in Rich River in what is likely an easy win before finals.

Echuca will take on Deniliquin, while Rochester faces Mathoura.

Tennis

Rich River 1 will look to strengthen their grip on top spot in Campaspe Tennis Association on Saturday in their clash with Echuca South 2, while Echuca Lawn 2 will look to get back on top with a clash against Rochester 1.

Elmore 1 will take on Echuca South 1, while Lawn 1 will face Rochester 2.

Both local teams will be on the road in Goulburn Murray Lawn Tennis Association action this week, with the Rich River Rebels taking on Shepparton Hornets and the combined Echuca/Rochester team facing Numurkah.