Demons turn up the heat

WHITE Hills achieved a hat-trick of victories for the second time this season in Saturday's one-day cricket clash with Bendigo United.

Victory on BUCCs turf in the match-of-the-day meant White Hills jumped above its opponent to be third on the first XI ladder at the Christmas-New Year break.

After losing 4-8 in the chase, White Hills kept its nerve and kept building partnerships on the way to passing the target of 215 at Harry Trott Oval in Kennington.

The Daniel Larke-captained Demons now have a 6-2 record.

White Hills fought back several times throughout an absorbing contest.

Bendigo United opening batsman Matt Pinniger belted eight fours and a six on his way to  68 off 71 balls.

Pinniger and Wayne Fidler teamed for an opening stand of 86.

Momentum swung markedly as the Demons took 6-38.

BUCCs captain Leigh McDermott, 28 not out, and Miggy Podosky, 27, teamed for a 51-run stand to lift the score to 215.

Holland took 3-23, and Davies and Foley captured two wickets apiece.

What became a telling factor was White Hills conceding just eight runs off wides.

The Demons chase was led off by Brayden Stepien, 41 off 24 balls, but the Redbacks then captured 4-8.

At 4-64 the match was in the balance.

Gareth Davies, 35 off 38 balls; Oliver Geary, 31; Jake Foley, 18; and Adrian Hollland, 17, all played their part as White Hills chalked up its sixth win.

Rhys Irwin showed he is one of the most exciting all-round talents in the BDCA by scoring an unbeaten 37 not out.

An Irwin boundary brought up the winning runs and White Hills celebrated with gusto.

Irwin's play has earned selection in the Bendigo District Cricket Association for Melbourne Country Week in February.

A sporadic Bendigo United attack conceded 25 runs off wides.

Leading wicket-taker for Bendigo United was McDermott, 4-25 off nine overs.

Golden Square goes into the Christmas-New Year break unbeaten and on top of the ladder.

The Bulldogs scored 7-250 against Strathfieldsaye at My Jet Oval.

Playing against his former club, Tim Wood hit 10 boundaries.

The Bulldogs' captain hit top score of 80 and combined with previous skipper Grant Connelly for a 135-run partnership.

Connelly wnet on to hit 52 and later took 3-18.

Scott Woodman hit 48 runs.

Best of the Strathfieldsaye attack was Hamish Schumacher on 4-45.

The Jets were dismissed for 129 as Luke Baird captured 4-37.

Schumacher capped a fine game by scoring 35 runs.

After being 6-39, Eaglehawk reached 136 against Bendigo at Canterbury Park.

The Hawks' fightback was led by an unbeaten 33 off 35 balls by Cameron McGlashan.

The play of McGlashan and Aaron Monro, 22, lifted the Borough from a precarious position against a Goers attack led by Brett Andrews, 3-15 off nine overs, and Craig Pearce, 3-31.

Bendigo was 2-30 in the chase, but then lost 8-51 to be all out in the 33rd over.

The Goers' top-four batsmen all reached double figures, with Kyle Chant best on 20.

Todd Brown captured 4-15, and Shane Taylor took 3-15 off nine overs.

The Hawks were desperate to hit back following a hat-trick of defeats.

It was the 'Adrian Pappin Show' at Poyser Motors Oval as Strathdale-Maristians chased Huntly North Epsom's target of 138.

The Suns were 2-7, but Pappin and Cam Taylor teamed for an unbeaten stand of 134.

Pappin hit five sixes and nine fours on his way to 87 not out off 59 deliveries.

Taylor finished on 43 not out.

Earlier in the day, Jacob DeAraugo opened the bowling and ripped through Power's top-order as the home team fell to 5-25.

A 74-run stand by Brodie McRae and Sam Johnston lifted the Power's score and run-rate.

McRae was dismissed on 32.

Johnston's unbeaten innings of 53 included two sixes and a four.

Jacob DeAraugo took 4-25 off nine overs.

Sandhurst captain-coach Craig Howard continued his superb form with the bat by scoring 83 not out in the win against Kangaroo Flat.

The Roos set a target of 192 on home turf at Dower Park.

After being 3-27, the Flat hit back through a 78-run stand by Lachlan Shelton and Brent Hamblin.

Roos' skipper Adam Burns hit five fours and a six in his unbeaten innings of 49 off 48 balls.

Hamblin, 46, and Shelton, 34, batted well against a Dragons attack in which Eli Bowe and Liam Bowe took three and two wickets respectively.

Sandhurst's chase did not start well as it slumped to 3-22.

A 142-run stand between Shane Robinson, 64, and Howard became a match-winning one.

Robinson hit a six and six fours.

Howard struck 10 boundaries as Sandhurst reached 5-195.

Leading wicket-takers for the Flat were Liam Collins and Tim Robertson on two apiece.

In his past three stints at the crease, Howard has scored 83 not out, 101 and 80.

The BDCA season resumes on January 11 when one-day matches will be played. First XI starts at 12.30pm.

Bendigo takes on Bendigo United at Bendigo District RSL Oval in Atkins Street, North Bendigo.

Strathfieldsaye plays Eaglehawk at Tannery Lane.

Sandhurst and Huntly North Epsom do battle at J.L. King Weeroona Oval.

White Hills and Kangaroo Flat clash at KWD Oval.

The top two, Strathdale-Maristians and Golden Square meet on the Suns turf at Bell Oval.

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