Crucial clash for Ballarat cricketers today

BALLARAT Cricket Association's Melbourne Country Week destiny hinges on a crucial clash with Traralgon in Malvern today.

The Ballarat boys made it two wins from two matches with yesterday's 75-run victory over Ferntree Gully, but their efforts weren't enough to hold down one of the all-important top two places on the division two ladder.

Today's opponent sits second on the table, one spot behind leaders Warrnambool, which third-placed Ballarat plays in Melton tomorrow.

First and second-placed teams will then playoff in the grand final on Friday.

Ballarat is desperate for promotion back to Melbourne Country Week's provincial division, which it slipped from last season after a winless campaign.

While on cricket, Ballarat's Matt Short and his Australian teammates face an important clash in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Abu Dhabi this evening.

Australia must win its fixture against Bangladesh to have a chance of progressing through to the quarter finals of the tournament.

Also tonight, Ballarat Pride will look to bounce back from a tough start to their Victorian Netball League season.

The Pride girls, which suffered defeats in championship, division one and 19/under divisions last week, take on City West Falcons at Parkville's State Netball and Hockey Centre.

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