STRATHDALE-Maristians opener Adrian Pappin last night launched a Bendigo District Cricket Association Twenty20 batting assault on Sandhurst
The Suns easily accounted for the Dragons by nine wickets, with the game highlighted by Pappin’s brutal hitting at Bell Oval.
Chasing Sandhurst’s 113, Pappin smashed an unbeaten 70 as the defending champions answered with 1-116, mowing the target down in just 8.1 overs.
Pappin faced just 25 balls – scoring off 19 of them – with his entertaining knock including six sixes and seven boundaries.
Down the other end, Cameron Taylor scored a brisk 39 off 19 (three sixes, three fours), but was forced to take a backseat to the Pappin show.
Earlier, Matthew Pask scored more than half the runs in the Sandhurst innings with his 68 off 39 balls (three sixes, eight fours).
Ben DeAraugo (4-29) claimed four wickets for the Suns, who won their first game of the tournament, while the Dragons remain winless.
● Eaglehawk won its first game with a 127-run smashing of Bendigo at Canterbury Park.
The Hawks belted 3-180 batting first, with captain Cory Jacobs and the in-form Anthony West putting on 116 for the second wicket.
Jacobs smashed 74 off 45 balls (11 fours), while West scored 57 off 41 (six fours).
In reply Bendigo was dismissed for just 53 in 11.2 overs.
Bendigo’s score of 53 was the lowest a team has been bowled out for in the five years of the Twenty20 competition.
Sam Thompson (3-26) did the bulk of the damage for the Hawks, while Richard Tibbett (2-2) and Dale Oddy (2-8) took two wickets each.
Only Mark Ryan (21 off 9) and Jayden Sheean (14 off 19) made double figures for the Goers, who in their past two Twenty20 games have lost 20 wickets for just 123 runs.
● In the battle of the two unbeaten teams in Section A, Bendigo United defeated Strathfieldsaye by 26 runs at Tannery Lane.
The Redbacks made 5-161 batting first, led by 57 off 33 from Leigh McDermott (three sixes, three fours), while the side had five other players score in double figures.
The Jets had been well-placed in their run-chase at 1-95, but the Redbacks put the screws on as Strathfieldsaye finished at 7-135, with captain Ben Gunn (41 off 28) and Greg Lyon (35 off 33) batting well at the top of the order.
● In the late game at Dower Park, White Hills remained unbeaten with a 22-run win over Kangaroo Flat.
The Demons compiled 7-127, with Aaron Monro (47) and Michael Hanson (36) the key contributors.
They then restricted the Roos to 9-105. Opener Brent Hamblin made 40 for the Roos, while Monro (3-18) and Nicholas Wharton (3-11) took three wickets each for the Demons, who are guaranteed a semi-final berth.