Demons fire up for another big clash

UNDERDOG status has sat well with White Hills in the opening seven rounds of the Bendigo District Cricket Association season.

The White Hills line-up has a chance to jump to third on the first XI ladder in Saturday's one-day clash on Bendigo United's turf at Harry Trott Oval in Kennington.

Play hits off at 12.30pm.

The Demons and Redbacks have achieved a win-loss record of 5-2 and scored emphatic victories last round.

White Hills successfully chased Sandhurst's target of 238 as Welsh recruit Gareth Davies 78 n.o., captain Daniel Larke 73, and Sam Stagg 58, led the way.

The previous week Travis Colley captured 4-54 on the Demons' wicket at KWD Oval.

White Hills and Bendigo United have had many contributors in this season's play.

Davies, 244; Stagg, 225; Larke, 180; and Brayden Stepien, 177; are the leading run-scorers in the White Hills team.

Foley's spin has netted 17 wickets, including a season-best 7-84 at Eaglehawk.

Rhys Irwin has taken 13 wickets and his form has earned selection in the Bendigo DCA squad for Melbourne Country Cricket Week in February.

The Demons face a huge challenge bowling to a batting order that includes Matt Pinniger, 299 runs; Ben Gunn, 273; and Heath Behrens, 191.

Miggy Podosky leads the BUCCs attack on 17 wickets and has had great support from captain Leigh McDermott, 12, and spinner Nick Crawford, 12.

Eaglehawk will be desperate to bounce back from a hat-trick of defeats when it plays Bendigo at Canterbury Park.

Spin has brought the Hawks undone in their past three hit-outs.

A talented line-up from the Borough includes Anthony West, 249 runs; and the league's No.1 wicket-taker, Andrew Smith on 19.

The Hawks will look for big games from the likes of captain Jason Abbott, Matt White and Cameron McGlashan.

Bendigo bowled well against Golden Square last round, but again fell short in the chase.

Mitchell Blackman is the Goers' leading run-scorer on 239 runs, and veteran all-rounder Mark Ryan is on 184.

Huntly North Epsom faces Strathdale-Maristians on the Power's turf at Poyser Motors Oval in Huntly.

Power captain Linc McRae, 258 runs, and Michael Hanson, 209, are two of the crucial wickets.

Sam Johnston has taken 16 wickets, including a season-best six-for, and is in the Country Week squad.

Quinton Bentley, 15 wickets, is another who will keep the heat on the Suns.

A strong Strathdale line-up includes Travis King, 299 runs; Cam Taylor, 256 runs and 18 wickets; Adrian Pappin, 233, and Linton Jacobs, 217.

The De Araugo brothers, Ben and Jake have taken 15 and 14 wickets respectively.

A 1-6 record was not Kangaroo Flat or Sandhurst wanted leading into the Christmas-New Year break.

The Roos and Dragons will do battle at Kangaroo Flat's Dower Park.

Kangaroo Flat's leading run-scorer is Steve Newlan, 185, while skipper Adam Burns and Daniel Barber have batted well at times.

The Roos need the likes of Tim Robertson and Brad Orton to play a big innings in this contest.

Sandhurst captain Craig Howard has marked his first season at the club by scoring 247 runs. The crafty spin bowler has taken 10 wickets.

Mark Holland and Brenton Jones were among Sandhurst's leading run-scorers in the round-seven clash at White Hills.

The unbeaten Golden Square is at home on MyJet Oval against Strathfieldsaye.

Many players have chipped in with bat or ball in Golden Square's run of seven consecutive victories.

After playing in the second XI last round, Golden Square coach Scott Johnson is back in the top flight. Johnson is Square's leading run-scorer in the first XI on 273 runs.

Grant Connelly, 209 runs, and Jason Johnson, 182, have also played well for the Bulldogs.

Leading wicket-taker for Square is Luke Baird on 12 wickets.

Darren Clutton, Scott Woodman, and spin twins Scott Johnson and Liam Smith add to Golden Square's bowling power.

Strathfieldsaye stunned many in the BDCA went it beat Strathdale-Maristians in round four on the Suns turf at Bell Oval.

Jets' all-rounder Ben Devanny has scored 280 runs and equal fourth on the wicket table on 16 dismissals.

Hamish Schumacher and Cory Devanny have batted well in several innings for Strathfieldsaye this season.

BDCA first XI ladder after seven rounds: Golden Square 7 won, 0 lost, 42 points, 1.63 per cent; Strathdale-Maristians 5, 2, 30, 1.56; Bendigo United 5, 2, 30, 1.35; White Hills 5, 2, 30, 1.10; Eaglehawk 4, 3, 24, 0.98; Huntly North Epsom  3, 4, 18, 0.90; Strathfieldsaye 3, 4, 18, 0.88; Kangaroo Flat 1, 6, 0.76; Bendigo 1, 6, 6, 0.72; Sandhurst 1, 6, 6, 0.57. 

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