CAPTAIN and coach, Linton Jacobs and Cameron Taylor played key roles as Strathdale-Maristians beat White Hills in Tuesday night’s Twenty20 cricket clash at Bell Oval.
Chasing a target of 127, the Suns were in some trouble on 4-37.
Jacobs and Taylor combined for what would be a match-winning stand of 80.
Suns’ skipper Jacobs was unbeaten on 52 off 38 deliveries, while Taylor hit 33 off 22.
Earlier in the night, White Hills marquee player Liam Gwynne smacked the ball to many parts of the Strathdale ground.
From England, Gwynne is playing for Lockington-Bamawm, but signed to play in the Demons line-up for the Twenty20 series.
Gwynne opened the batting and hit 70 off 56 deliveries.
He and another of the Demons’ recruits, Gareth Davies from Wales added 44 runs to pass the century mark.
Run outs by Nick Baker and Adrian Pappin were crucial.
Huntly North Epsom celebrated a hat-trick of Twenty20 victories.
The Power attack dismissed Strathfieldsaye for 90 at Poyser Motors Oval in Huntly.
The Jets fell to 3-11 before Ben Devanny (18) and Luke Millard (14) led the fightback.
Adam Ward, 3-18, and Tom Wilson, 3-21, were Power’s leading wicket-takers, and coach Quentin Bentley claimed 2-9 off 22 balls.
Power’s chase was led by Michael Hanson, 43, and Dylan Gibson, 22.
The 64-run stand between Hanson and Gibson put Huntly North Epsom well on track.
Ward hit 15 runs to complete another fine match.
Best of the Strathfieldsaye Jets attack were spinner Neil Johnson, 1-14, and the experienced Kristian Rogers, 1-14.
A 34-run stand by No.7 batsman Patrick Naughtin and No.10 Miggy Podosky clinched victory for Bendigo United at Eaglehawk.
Chasing the Borough’s score of 131, Bendigo United was in strife on 8-90.
Naughtin batted superbly to hit 57 off 33 balls.
He was dismissed with BUCCs still needing eight to win.
The Redbacks’ leading wicket-taker this season, Podosky again showed he is no mug with the bat.
An unbeaten innings of 15 off 14 balls capped a great chase and made it two-from-two in Bendigo United’s Twenty20 campaign.
Earlier in the night, Zac East struck 32 off 22 balls to be the Hawks’ leading batsman.
The play of Shane Herdman, 20, Anthony McQueen, 20, and Cory Jacobs, 19, lifted the target to just over the 130 mark.
Best of the Hawks’ attack were Sam Fitt, 2-12, Aaron Monro, 2-16, and Herdman, 2-34.
Sandhurst struck back from defeat in its previous 20/20 clash in fine style.
The Dragons restricted Golden Square to 7-112 at J.L. King Weeroona Oval.
Scott Trollope opened the batting for the Bulldogs and hit 31 runs.
Sandhurst’s attack was led by Liam Bowe, 2-13, and Eli Bowe, 2-26.
An opening stand of 48 by Sandhurst’s Shane Robinson, 28, and Andrew Chalkley put the heat on the Bulldogs attack.
Chalkley’s innings of 26 was ended with the score on 76, but Craig Howard, 23 off 29, ensured the Dragons would win this contest.
There was no multiple wicket-taker for Golden Square.