Opening batsman Ryan Grundy ended his Bendigo District Cricket Association season on Saturday with his third score above 150 for the summer.
Grundy blasted 159 in the Power’s 109-run win over White Hills at Integrating Technology Oval.
Chasing the Demons’ 8-183, the Power passed their target four wickets down on the way to finishing at 8-292.
With his 159, Grundy overtook Bendigo United’s Heath Behrens (730) to finish the home and away season as the competition’s leading run-scorer with 795.
Grundy made three of the four highest scores during the home and away season, having also amassed 201 not out against Bendigo in round two and 176 against Sandhurst in round 12.
The Power were in early trouble on Saturday at 2-18, but an 82-run stand for the third wicket between Grundy and Josh Collinson (45) put Huntly-North Bendigo, which finished the season fifth, on the track to victory.
Teenager Harry Whittle later added 42 in an 82-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Grundy.
Glenn Roulston finished with 3-64 off 22 overs for the Demons, including the two early wickets of Sam Johnston (1) and Brannon Stanford (2).
White Hills ended the season on the bottom of the ladder for the first time since 2002-03.
● Sandhurst could manage just 56 runs against Bendigo United at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.
After making 7-259 last week, the Redbacks took just 33 overs to rip through the Dragons for what was their lowest score since being bowled out for 56 against Strathdale-Maristians in round six of the 2001-02 season.
Miggy Podosky (5-10) and Marcus Smalley (3-24) took combined figures of 8-34 off 20 overs for the Redbacks, while wicket-keeper Harry Donegan claimed four catches.
Only Shane Robinson (19) made double figures for the Dragons, whose best partnership was the 22 Robinson and Elias Bowe (7) put on for the seventh wicket.
Five Sandhurst players made ducks, including Andrew Bourne and Dylan Gibson, who were dismissed with the Dragons’ score still on 0.
● Strathfieldsaye finished the season on a positive, defeating Kangaroo Flat by 31 runs at Tannery Lane, led by a Tim Wood century.
The Jets answered the Roos’ 199 with 5-230.
Wood finished unbeaten on 102 off 115 balls in what was his third century since joining the Jets.
Strathfieldsaye had been 2-28 during its chase, with captain Ben Gunn (4) among the early wickets.
But Wood, along with support from Greg Lyon (24), Brenton Hargreaves (41) and Ben Devanny (28), ensured the Jets got over the line and won their fifth game of the season.
Brent Hamblin (1-27 off 16 overs) produced the best bowling figures for the Roos, while captain Adam Burns (0-48) went wicketless for the first time since round one.
● Reigning premier Strathdale-Maristians completed a perfect home and away season.
The Suns finished the home and away season 14-0 and 22 points clear at the top of the ladder after their 95-run win over Golden Square, who they will again meet in a semi-final this weekend.
Resuming at 0-11 in reply to Square’s 192, the Suns finished at 7-287 at Bell Oval.
The successful run-chase was set up by a 97-run opening partnership between Cameron Taylor (60) and Travis King (48).
Taylor’s return to form on the eve of the finals was timely after last year’s BDCA Cricketer of the Year had scored just 29 runs in his previous six innings for the Suns.
Captain Linton Jacobs (85) made his fifth score above 50 for the season, while Dom Taylor (41) also enjoyed some much-needed time at the crease.
Scott Trollope (3-28) was Golden Square’s leading wicket-taker. Paceman Darren Clutton (2-59) also bowled well.
● A six-wicket haul from Andrew Smith steered Eaglehawk into third position with its 131-run win over Bendigo at Canterbury Park.
Defending their score of 9-269, the Hawks bowled the Goers out for 138, with Smith backing up his 56 with the bat last week with 6-34 off 19 overs.
The Goers’ hopes of winning were dashed early when they were 3-29 and later 6-50.
Impressive youngster Alex Pearson capped a fine season for the Goers by finishing with 47, while Liam Gaskell was unbeaten on 26.
Hawks’ wicket-keeper Matt Fitt had a good day behind the stumps taking five catches.