Heavy hitters primed as Twenty20 cricket hits off at Bendigo grounds 

THE ball will be flying into or over the fence in tonight’s start to the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s Twenty20 competition.

Play hits off at 5pm.

Champions in the shorter and longer format of the game the past two summers, Strathdale-Maristians is on home turf at Bell Oval against Kangaroo Flat.

Despite being dismissed for 172 in the two-day clash at Eaglehawk, the Suns showed their all-round strength by dismissing the Hawks for 158 in the chase.

Although it’s winless after three rounds in the two-day action, Kangaroo Flat has the batsmen to trouble the reigning champions.

The other pool B match will be White Hills against Huntly-North Epsom on the Demons’ turf at Integrating Technology Oval in Scott Street.

Demons’ batsman Gavin Bowles has struck consecutive centuries, but will not play tonight for the Aaron Monro-led White Hills.

Josh Collinson struck a ton in Huntly-North Epsom’s win at Kangaroo Flat, while Ryan Grundy hit a double-century the previous round.

The Power will be hoping they are available for the series opener.

In pool A, Golden Square is on home soil against Bendigo United at MyJet Oval.

Many of Square’s big guns such as captain Grant Connelly are not playing, but several are likely to in rounds two or three.

Bendigo United, to be captained by in-form paceman Marcus Smalley in the Twenty20 series, will be determined to start this campaign with a victory.

Eaglehawk and Strathfieldsaye clash at Canterbury Park in the Borough.

The Hawks, who have  been one of the best performers since the BDCA launched its Twenty20 competition, will be wary against the Jets.

Golden Square – M. Christie, P. Scullie, A. Sims, S. Trollope, A. Mead, T. Kairn, M. O’Sullivan, M. Cook, J. Bysouth, J. Abbott, J. Blencowe.  

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