WELL DONE POWER

LW: Well Doley, it has been a huge week for cricket in the city with the annual Bendigo Country Week carnival, plus the culmination of the BDCA's Twenty20 tournament.

It was fantastic for Huntly-North Epsom to claim its first piece of BDCA silverware on Wednesday night when it beat Strathdale-Maristians in the T20 grand final at the Queen Elizabeth Oval by four wickets.

We all know the struggles the Power have endured over the years, so to see the players, supporters and club volunteers celebrating a grand final win was great for not only Huntly-North Epsom, but the BDCA.

Special mention to the batting efforts of Power opener Michael Hanson.

Hanson copped a nasty delivery on his hand in the first over from Jacob DeAraugo, but batted through the pain to top-score with 51.

Hanson's tournament was as good as I've seen in the BDCA's Twenty20 competition with his scores of 18, 43, 24, 63, 73 and 51.

He has been a great pick-up for the Power this season.

ND: Brilliant effort by Hanson to lead the way, not just in the grand final, but in Power's run all summer.

Has turned out to be a massive coup by Huntly North in being able to lure the hard-hitting opener from White Hills.

Back-to-back grand final appearances shows the Power knows how to play Twenty20 and how much it learnt from last season's loss in the decider to the Strathfieldsaye Jets.

LW: I guess it makes any grand final win that little more sweeter when you've lost the year before.

Not to mention the fact the Power beat the BDCA's dominant force in the Suns to capture the flag.

But as good as the Power would have been feeling about themselves on Wednesday night, they've still got plenty of work ahead of them in the season-proper if they are to make a charge for the finals.

They are still two games outside the top four, although, you can just about pencil in the six points this weekend considering they have a massive score of 307 to defend against bottom side Kangaroo Flat.

ND: There is still plenty for Power to play for. 

The team is vastly different to the one which featured in the semi-final clash with Strathdale-Maristians a couple of summers ago.

Confidence and momentum are not easy to come by, but Huntly-North Epsom has that.

LW: Onto Bendigo Country Week, and there has certainly been one name who has grabbed plenty of the headlines this week - Goulburn Murray opening batsman Liam Gwynne.

Now, Doley, you've covered most Bendigo Country Week carnivals since its inception 80 years ago way back in 1934.

Can you recall a batsman making two 150-plus scores in the one year like Gwynne has with his 185 against Ferntree Gully and 171 against Northern Districts?

I wonder how much Gwynne's super week with the bat has had to do with the coaching of Goulburn Murray's "hired gun", Cameron Taylor?

ND: No I cannot.

By the way Westy, I hit 46, years that is, last Monday. That's enough cheek from you, young fella.  

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