FOR the second time in three years the Strathfieldsaye Jets have upstaged Bendigo District Cricket Association reigning premier Strathdale-Maristians.
With Greg Lyon out injured and opening bowler Justin Hargreaves unavailable, Strathfieldsaye was given little hope of troubling Strathdale.
The young Jets did more than just trouble the Suns, scoring a gutsy 29-run win at Bell Oval.
Defending a miserly 174, Strathfieldsaye looked down and out when Strathdale raced to 1-78 by stumps on Saturday night.
A new day brought new hope for the Jets.
It was the Devanny brothers - Ben and Cory - that led the way.
Ben trapped Matthew Thomas in front for seven and four balls later he bowled Liam Marshall for a duck.
In-form Strathdale opener Travis King was always going to be the stumbling block for the Jets.
Fresh from an unbeaten century against Bendigo, the left-hander had cruised to 37 not out at stumps on day one.
King had only added three more runs to his score on Sunday when Cory Devanny found the outside edge of his bat and he was on his way for 40.
Seven runs later Cory had Strathdale skipper Linton Jacobs adjudged LBW for 14 and the Suns had collapsed to 5-99.
Ben DeAraugo and Adrian Pappin set about rescuing the Suns.
They looked comfortable until the Devannys combined to dismiss DeAraugo for 10.
Four runs later, Pappin was sent packing when he was given out LBW for 15.
Ryan Haythorpe became the fourth Strathdale player to be dismissed LBW when he was trapped on the crease by Ben Devanny for a first ball duck.
Tailenders Zac Poole and Nick Roebuck battled hard to add 19 for the final wicket, but when the latter fell for 8, the Jets celebrated a famous victory.
The Suns had lost their final nine wickets for just 67 runs.
The Devannys claimed nine wickets between them - Ben 5-45 off 28 overs and Cory 4-47 off 25 overs.
Just as important to the victory was teenager Hamish Schumacher.
The 16-year-old made a first XI career-best 70 on Saturday to hold the Jets' innings together.
Schumacher opened the batting and was the last wicket to fall, hitting five fours in his 194-ball, 218-minute stay at the crease.
The Jets had been in all sorts of trouble at 6-47 after Ben DeAraugo (4-47) ripped through the top order.
Schumacher's patient knock, combined with some quick runs from tailenders Kristian Rogers (27), Neil Johnson (18) and Jack Stubbs (27), gave the Jets something to bowl at.
The win lifted the Jets alongside Strathdale on points. They're one game out of the top four.
Bendigo scored its first win of the season - thrashing Sandhurst by 248 runs at Weeroona Oval.
It was the young and the old for the Goers who stole the show.
On Saturday, teenagers Nathan Fitzpatrick and Alex Pearson made a mockery of the Sandhurst top-order, taking three wickets each to leave the Dragons 6-39.
Sandhurst teen Ned Slater showed his top-order how to do it, occupying the crease for three hours in making an unbeaten 61.
He had little support, Bendigo's Brett Andrews taking the final four wickets to skittle Sandhurst for 128.
On Sunday, Bendigo skipper Mark Ryan cashed in with the bat, making 106 not out as the Goers made 6-376.
The veteran hit 15 fours, adding 122 for the fifth wicket with Fitzpatrick (84).
Andrews made 70 and Craig Pearce chipped in with 49.
Golden Square remains on top of the BDCA ladder - just.
It took a ninth-wicket stand between Luke Baird and Jake Higgins for the Bulldogs to get over the line against White Hills at KWD Oval.
Chasing White Hills' total of 162, the Bulldogs fell from 3-96 to 9-140.
Higgins and Baird batted sensibly and patiently, putting together a chanceless last wicket partnership to win the game.
Their unbeaten stand was 52 as the Bulldogs finished 9-192 off 96 overs.
Higgins made 33 not out and Baird 20 not out, while earlier in the day Grant Connelly top scored with 40 off 51 balls.
White Hills' batting let it down again as it could only compile 162 on day one.
Gareth Davies (49) fell one short of a half-century, while no other played passed 25.
Darren Clutton was the best of the bowlers, taking 3-48 off 18 overs.
Eaglehawk maintained its unbeaten record with a comfortable win over Huntly-North Epsom.
Aaron Monro, who has put his hand up for recruit of the year honours, was the hero for the Borough.
The former White Hills all-rounder claimed 6-47 off 18.4 overs Andrew Smith took claimed 4-30 as the Borough dismissed the Power for 148.
Linc McRae (68) and Michael Hanson (26) had given the Power a solid start, adding 55 for the first wicket.
At 2-107 the Power looked set to post a competitive score.
However, their batting frailties showed again as Monro tore through the middle-order and the Power lost their final eight wickets for 41.
In reply, the Borough had a couple of nervous moments early when they fell to 2-24, but Anthony West (74) and Matt White (41) steadied the ship to ensure Eaglehawk clinched the points.
Bendigo United shook off a determined challenge from Kangaroo Flat to win its third game in a row.
It took standout performances from veterans Matt Pinniger and Nick Crawford to get the Redbacks over the line.
On Saturday, Pinniger made 101 from 158 balls, including 13 fours and one six, while Crawford chipped in with an unbeaten 46 to guide the Redbacks to 233.
It was a pleasing bowling performance from the Roos, considering the Redbacks had been 2-146.
Young spinner Chris Barber did a great job for the Roos, taking 5-93 off 27.2 overs.
In reply, the Roos struggled to break the shackles of a well-drilled Bendigo United bowling line-up.
Of the 75 overs Kangaroo Flat faced, 25 of them were maiden overs.
Young guns Lachlan Shelton (44 off 144), Jake Klemm (27 off 66) and Nathan Newlan (24 off 85) battled hard in the middle-order, but the Roos couldn't put together a partnership of 50 or more.
They were eventually dismissed for 190, 43 runs short of the Redbacks' total.
Crawford took 3-66, while Leigh McDermott, Miggy Podosky and Ben Gunn took two wickets each.