Flat bowlers destroy Demons in BDCA

KANGAROO Flat crushed White Hills by 146 runs in their Bendigo District Cricket Association day-night one-day clash on Saturday to win their third match of the season.

In what was a bitterly disappointing batting performance by White Hills, the Demons were bundled out for just 56 in reply to the Roos’ 5-202 at Dower Park in the first  BDCA first XI match to be played under lights for premiership points.

The star for the Roos was captain Adam Burns, whose sensational season continued.

Burns backed up his 58 with the bat by taking 4-7 off seven overs.

Liam Jones also bowled superbly for the Roos, picking up 2-9 off nine overs, including six maidens.

The White Hills’ innings lasted just 27 overs, with the rout starting from the first ball when Brent Hamblin (1-14) had Brayden Stepien (0) well caught at slip by Tim Robertson.

Stepien was one of nine White Hills players who scored less than six, with only captain Aaron Monro (18) and Travis Colley (15) making double figures.

The Demons’ batting woes carried on from last week’s Twenty20 semi-final against Strathfieldsaye when they were bowled out for 64.

At one stage during their innings the Demons lost 6-8 when they fell from 2-26 to 8-34.

Earlier after Kangaroo Flat won the toss and batted, the Demons started well with the ball when they had the Roos 3-60 off 23 overs.

However, the Roos, led by Burns, Hamblin and Brad Orton, smashed 142 off the last 22 overs to lift their score above 200.

Hamblin, who also took three catches, scored a career-best 79 (11 fours), Burns’ 58 (six fours) was his fourth half-century of the season, while Orton (36 n.o.) produced some vintage hard-hitting.

Orton’s knock included three sixes – two that dented the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club and one that landed on a neighbouring caravan – and three fours.

● Bendigo United has regained second place on the ladder after a successful run chase against Eaglehawk at Harry Trott Oval.

In a battle of two teams headed for the finals, the Redbacks answered the Hawks’ 9-188 with 5-189, winning with three overs to spare.

The Hawks were in trouble early in their innings when inside the first seven overs they had fallen to 4-30, with the out-of-form Matt Fitt (2), Andrew Smith (6), Matt White (3) and acting captain Cory Jacobs (4) all back in the pavilion.

The troubles for the Hawks started on the second ball of the game when Fitt was bowled by Marcus Smalley.

From 4-30, Anthony West and Todd Brown set about rebuilding the innings.

They put on 39 before Brown (25 off 38) was trapped lbw by Nick Crawford (1-29) in the 20th over.

West then teamed with Cameron McGlashan for an 87-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

West, who after starting his innings in the first over batted through until the 40th, top-scored for the Hawks with 79 off 115 (four fours, one six) in what was his fourth score above 50 this season.

McGlashan’s 34 off 65 was his highest first XI score.

Smalley (3-42) was the Redbacks’ leading wicket-taker, while captain Leigh McDermott took 2-22.

McDermott and Heath Behrens both made half-centuries for the Redbacks in their innings.

Coming off a golden duck against Golden Square the previous week, McDermott started his innings with the Redbacks’ 2-30 in the 14th over.

McDermott took the attack to the Hawks from the outset, with two of his first four scoring shots sixes.

The skipper faced just 45 balls in belting 69 (seven fours, four sixes), putting on 94 for the third wicket with Behrens before he was caught and bowled by Dale Oddy (1-18).

Behrens is now the BDCA’s leading run-scorer for the season, with his 50 off 82 (three fours, one six) taking him to 485.

Behrens was caught behind in the 38th over off Andrew Smith, and when Patrick Naughtin was dismissed for a second-ball duck soon after, the Redbacks were 5-179. 

However, Harry Donegan (29 n.o.) ensured there would be no collapse like the previous week against Golden Square as he and Crawford (1 n.o.) guided the Redbacks to their eighth win of the season.

Bowling off a shortened run-up, Smith picked up 3-33 for the Hawks, who used eight bowlers.

● The red-hot form of Strathfieldsaye opening batsman Greg Lyon continued as the Jets beat Bendigo by four wickets at Atkins Street.

Lyon made his fourth consecutive score of more than 60 in the Jets’ total of 6-202 after Bendigo had made 7-201 batting first.

For the fourth game in a row, Lyon – who this week plays his 200th match for Strathfieldsaye – top-scored for the Jets with his 74, which followed on from scores of 79, 102 n.o. and 61.

The 41-year-old now has the best batting average in the competition, with 72.2.

Also getting among the runs for the Jets was captain Ben Gunn (49), while Tim Wood made 33.

After his 117 in the Twenty20 semi-final against White Hills during the week, Gunn picked up where he left off from, with three of his first four scoring shots all boundaries.  

While the Jets won their third game, they did have their customary scare late when they lost 3-14 to fall from 3-178 to 6-192, but Liam Smith (6 n.o.) and Cory Devanny (3 n.o.) finished the job.

Mark Ryan (2-29) and Scott Dole (2-40) took two wickets apiece for the Goers.

As well as his two wickets, Ryan was the best of the Goers’ batsmen in their innings with his 54 n.o (four fours).

Teenager Alex Pearson provided solid support to Ryan with 45, with the pair putting on 76 for the fifth wicket after the Goers had been 4-75 in the 21st over.

Ben Devanny was the standout bowler for the Jets with 3-25 off nine overs.

● Golden Square snuck past Sandhurst by two wickets at MyJet Oval in a game where runs were hard to come by.

Batting first, Sandhurst was restricted to 6-140, with captain Nick Scullie (58 off 115) the only player in the game to pass 50.

Opening the innings, Scullie batted into the 38th over before he was the victim of the cruellest of dismissals – run out at the non-striker’s end off bowler Scott Johnson while backing up.

Johnson (2-28) and Luke Baird (2-27) were the multiple wicket-takers for Square, while paceman Darren Clutton conceded just 14 runs off his eight overs.

In reply, Square was well-placed  at 3-89 in its chase, with Johnson and Scott Trollope at the crease.

However, the momentum shifted when the Dragons, led by Leon Beatty (3-17), picked up 5-36 to have Golden Square under pressure at 8-125.

But Johnson (40 n.o.) and youngster Scott Woodman (10 n.o.) defied the Dragons as Golden Square won eight wickets down.

Trollope top-scored for Square with 46, which included hitting a four and six off Elias Bowe (1-22) with his first two scoring shots. 

Apart from those two balls to Trollope, Bowe conceded just 12 runs off his other 52 deliveries.

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