STRATHFIELDSAYE'S bowlers have put the Jets into a strong position to win their second game of the Bendigo District Cricket Association season after dismissing White Hills for 129 on Saturday.
White Hills went into the game at Tannery Lane on the back of two wins in a row to start the season, but the Demons failed to fire with the bat.
The Demons' innings lasted just 52.3 overs, with only four players making double figures.
The Jets' impressive bowling performance was led by left-armer Justin Hargreaves' 5-23 off 15.3 overs as he claimed his first BDCA five-wicket haul.
Skipper Ben Devanny (3-47) also bowled well to continue his good start to the season, while wicket-keeper Jack Stubbs had a good day behind the stumps, taking four catches.
The Demons were 2-61 during their innings, but lost 4-20 to crash to 6-81, before scrambling their way to 129.
Only Gareth Davies (33), captain Daniel Larke (23), Sam Stagg (21) and Jake Foley (20) scored in double figures for the Demons.
The Demons hit back early with the ball when Rhys Irwin (2-13) removed Strathfieldsaye openers David Farley (2) and Hamish Schumacher (1) to have the Jets 2-4 in reply.
However, Brent Hargreaves (19 n.o.) and Devanny (17 n.o.) guided the Jets to 2-45 off 25 overs at stumps, with the side needing 85 more to win next Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Demons’ first XI batsmen may have struggled, but second XI openers Lincoln Jacobs (124) and Jayden Sheean (106) stated their claim for a call-up with a 213-run opening partnership in their team's score of 6-409 against the Jets.
* Sandhurst has given itself a chance of recording a rare win over Bendigo United.
The Dragons bowled the undermanned Redbacks out for 219 at Harry Trott Oval, with captain Craig Howard making the most of the dry spin-friendly pitch conditions.
Howard bagged 5-37 off 21.3 overs, with his wickets including Redbacks' big guns Heath Behrens (45 off 81) and Matt Pinniger (11 off 17).
Behrens picked up from where he left off the week before against Strathfieldsaye, with three of his first six scoring shots boundaries.
However, Behrens' dismissal when caught by Shane Robinson came during a flurry of wickets when he, Pinniger and captain Leigh McDermott (0) were removed in quick succession by Howard as the Redbacks slumped from 2-88 to 5-90.
Mark Di Fede (35 off 72) and recruit Bryan Vance (33 off 73) batted well in the middle-order for the Redbacks, putting on 61 for the sixth wicket.
Miggy Podosky later continued to stake his claim for all-rounder status, making a career-best 44 that helped push the Redbacks' total over 200.
Podosky's 44 came off 49 balls and included five fours and a six, with his innings ending when he was caught on the fence by Robinson off Howard trying to bring up his maiden half-century.
Among the highlights for the Dragons was 14-year-old Will Keck taking 2-9 off five overs on debut, claiming the wickets of Vance and Alex Sutton (2).
The Dragons - who haven't beaten Bendigo United since the 2001-02 season - went to stumps at 0-13, with young openers Isaac Conway (8 n.o.) and Sebastian Greene (1 n.o.), also on debut, surviving the seven overs.
* Bendigo lost its last seven wickets for just 43 runs against Strathdale-Maristians to be bowled out for 145 at the renamed Bendigo District RSL Oval (Atkins Street).
The Goers had worked hard to reach 3-102 after winning the toss and batting.
However, the dismissal of captain Mark Ryan (22 off 38) in the 51st over sparked the beginning of the end for the Goers as they were all out 26 overs later.
Batting at No.3, Mitchell Blackman's impressive start to the season with the bat continued for Bendigo after he was given an early life when dropped by Cameron Taylor at slip on 0.
Blackman top-scored for the Goers with 54 off 154 balls (five boundaries) in what was his second half-century of the season.
Only Blackman and Ryan passed 20 for the Goers, while for the Suns, Taylor continued his fondness for the North Bendigo ground.
Having made two centuries at Atkins Street last season, leg-spinner Taylor was the catalyst for the Goers' capitulation, taking 5-41 off 24.4 overs, including the key wicket of Blackman.
Paceman Ben DeAraugo (2-18 off 13 overs) and spinner Nick Roebuck (2-22) were also keys with the ball for the Suns, who went to stumps at 0-21 off four overs.
Travis King (12 n.o.) and Taylor (8 n.o.) will resume the innings.
* Half-centuries to captain Adam Burns and opener Daniel Barber helped Kangaroo Flat post a competitive 9-231 against Eaglehawk at Canterbury Park.
Barber (59, six fours) made his second half-century of the season, and all-rounder Burns top-scored with 62 (three fours).
Veteran Steve Newlan added 39 during a 92-run partnership with Barber for the second wicket, taking the score from 1-8 to 100, while Lachlan Shelton chipped in with 21 in the middle-order.
However, no other Kangaroo Flat player made double figures.
Opening bowlers Aaron Monro (3-85) and Andrew Smith (3-44) took three wickets each for the Hawks.
Wicket-keeper Sam Walker made the most of his call-up to the first XI side, taking four catches.
* Golden Square made Saturday's highest score after reaching 9-283 against Huntly-North Epsom at MyJet Oval.
Veteran opener Scott Johnson followed up his 106 against Sandhurst last week with a knock of 65 - the highest BDCA score on Saturday - to already pass the 200-run mark for the season.
Johnson batted into the 65th over, hitting three boundaries during his innings, which ended when he was caught by wicket-keeper Brodie McRae off Dylan Gibson (2-28).
Johnson's knock of 65 was the ninth time in his past 19 innings from the start of last season he has passed 50.
David Hickman (59, six fours) also scored a half-century for Golden Square after coming in with the score at 4-144.
The hard-hitting Scott Trollope ensured the runs flowed late, with his entertaining 43 including five fours and one six.
Trollope and Hickman put on 86 for the seventh wicket, while earlier, Scott Johnson and Jason Johnson (31) shared in an 81-run stand for the second wicket following the early dismissal of Liam Smith (6).
Sam Johnston sent down a marathon 31 overs for the Power, finishing with 2-101, while he also ran out Aaron Sims (6).
Coach Quinton Bentley took 3-63 off 22 overs.