Huntly fight to keep in touch with four
AFTER Wednesday night's Twenty20 grand final win, it's back to business on Saturday for Huntly-North Epsom as it fights to keep in touch with the Bendigo District Cricket Association top four.
The Power claimed their first piece of BDCA silverware on Wednesday night when they defeated Strathdale-Maristians by four wickets in the Twenty20 grand final at the Queen Elizabeth Oval to win the Bendigo Advertiser Shield.
"It was terriffic for the boys to have a win on Wednesday night, especially after falling short against Strathfieldsaye in the T20 grand final last year," Power captain Linc McRae said on Friday.
"We know it's not the main prize up for grabs this year, but it was good to be able to achieve something as far as a premiership goes for the club.
"We were fairly chuffed with the result."
Chasing the Suns' 9-136, the Power won with two balls to spare as they answered with 6-138 in a thrilling contest.
"Like most clubs, Strathdale has had the wood over us for a very long time, so it was nice to be able to get over the top of them," said McRae, who again handed over the Twenty20 captaincy duties to Sam Johnston.
With the Twenty20 title now secured, the Power turn their attention back to the season-proper on Saturday when they continue their round 10 game against Kangaroo Flat at Dower Park.
The Power - 12 points adrift of the top four - are in the box seat to win their fifth game of the season with a score of 6-307 to defend.
"We need to win them all from here and hope a couple of other results go our way," McRae said.
"We were in a similar position last year where we lost some early games, which put us behind the pack."
The Power will be without McRae for the rest of the season because of a broken ankle.
HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM v STRATHDALE-MARISTIANS
Played at QEO Wednesday night
Strathdale-Maristians won toss and batted
A. Pappin lbw T. Wilson 9 (8)
S. Taylor c B. McRae b Q. Bentley 0 (2)
C. Taylor lbw Q. Bentley 2 (2)
L. Jacobs lbw B. Elvey 18 (20)
T. King c B. Elvey b S. Johnston 57 (44)
B. DeAraugo c B. Elvey b S. Johnston 21 (22)
I. Miller c D. Gibson b M. Hanson 7 (10)
J. DeAraugo c T. Wilson b Q. Bentley 9 (7)
R. Haythorpe stpd B. McRae b S. Johnston 5 (3)
M. Thomas not out 2 (2)
N. Roebuck not out 1 (1)
Extras (3w, 1b, 1lb) 5
Nine wickets for 136
Fall: 2 (S. Taylor), 12 (C. Taylor), 12 (A. Pappin), 83 (L. Jacobs), 98 (T. King), 107 (I. Miller), 132 (R. Haythorpe), 132 (B. DeAraugo).
Bowling: Quinton Bentley 4-0-3-29, Tom Wilson 3-0-1-29, Tyrone Downie 4-0-0-31, Brett Elvey 4-0-1-13, Sam Johnston 4-0-3-25, Michael Hanson 1-0-1-7.
Huntly-North Epsom innings
M. Hanson c T. King b C. Taylor 51 (48)
J. Collinson b C. Taylor 22 (20)
L. Mottram c T. King b S. Taylor 11 (12)
D. Gibson run out (T. King) 13 (14)
B. McRae c S. Taylor b N. Roebuck 10 (13)
S. Johnston run out (C. Taylor) 9 (4)
T. Downie not out 10 (6)
H. Whittle not out 0 (0)
Extras (1nb, 5w, 1b, 5lb) 12
Six wickets for 138
Fall: 51 (J. Collinson), 78 (L. Mottram), 105 (M. Hanson), 114 (D. Gibson), 119 (B. McRae), 134 (S. Johnston).
Bowling: Jacob DeAraugo 3.4-0-0-26, Nick Roebuck 4-0-1-32, Cameron Taylor 4-0-2-22, Sam Taylor 4-0-1-27, Ben DeAraugo 2-0-0-16, Ryan Haythorpe 2-0-0-9.
Huntly-North Epsom won by four wickets
Man of the match: Travis King (SM)