BDCA Around The Grounds - February 8

7:01pm: All over at Harry Trott Oval.

Bendigo United has beaten Strathdale by 6 wickets.

The Redbacks 4-203 in reply to the Suns' 199.

Leading run-scorer for the Redbacks was Ben Gunn (57 n.o.), while Matt Pinniger made 43.

The Redbacks won in the 41st over, so did it comfortably in their first win over Strathdale since the 2010 grand final.

6:40pm: Sandhurst is 9-181 in the 40th over against Eaglehawk, so looking like falling well short.

Isaac Conway (36), Craig Howard (24), Shane Robinson (22), Mark Holland (17) and Steve Becker (15) the main run-scorers for the Dragons who are out.

Ned Slater is 39 n.o.

Cam McGlashan has 3 wickets for the Hawks. Shane Taylor has 2.

6:38pm: Bendigo United now back in control of its game against Strathdale.

The Redbacks are 3-169 off 37 overs chasing 200 to win.

The last wicket was Heath Behrens, run out for 27 against the only team he still hasn't scored a century against.

Batting for the Redbacks are Harry Donegan (22*) and Ben Gunn (45*).

Ben DeAraugo just back into the attack for the Suns, who are under pressure.

6:33pm: Bendigo's Alex Pearson has just hit a six to bring up the Goers' third win in a row.

They beat Strathfieldsaye by five wickets.

Craig Pearce batted well for 77 and veteran Mark Ryan added 73 in what was another good day with the bat.

Pearson was 14 n.o. off 8 at stumps.

Ben Devanny took two wickets for the Jets.

Cory Devanny claimed one and there were two run-outs.

Another good performance by the Goers. They are up and about.

6:26pm: Pressure right on White Hills and their position in the top four now. They have lost to Huntly-North Epsom.

The Demons for 187. Jayden Sheean top-scored with 78.

That's two losses in a row now for the Demons, while Huntly-North Epsom have kept themselves right in the finals hunt.

Big result for the Power, who are in good form.

5:53pm: Sandhurst is 4-120 after 30 overs chasing Eaglehawk's 282.

Some hot weather measures being taken in that game with the umpires.

The central umpires are doing half-hour stints, while David Rosaia is taking on the square leg duties. A man of many talents.

Smart move in this heat.

5:51pm: Bendigo United 2-100 after 25 overs, so need 100 off the last 20 overs to beat Strathdale.

Heath Behrens is on 20 and Ben Gunn on 7.

Matt Pinniger last man out for 43, which takes him past the 500-run mark for the season.

I'll back the Suns from here.

Bourkey has just stepped into the Addy office and is tipping BUCCS to chase the runs down. 

5:49pm: Bendigo is 2-146 in the 33rd over against Strathfieldsaye.

Craig Pearce batting well on 60 and Mark Ryan continuing his good form on 47.

The Goers are chasing 211 to win. You'd back them in from here to win three in a row.

5:44pm: White Hills now 6-165 in the 36th over.

Jayden Sheean unbeaten on 63 and Rhys Irwin is on 6.

Batsmen out Daniel Larke (5), Sam Stagg (0), Oliver Geary (24), Gareth Davies (17) and Brayden Stepien (8).

Tom Wilson has three wickets for the Power, who are well on track for a victory.

5:38pm: Last score I had was Matt Pinniger had gone out and Bendigo United were 2-89 in the 21st over against Strathdale.

5:13pm: Bendigo United 1-61 off 14 overs v Strathdale.

Matt Pinniger and Heath Behrens batting for the Redbacks. Reasonably handy pair to have at the crease!

4:50pm: Golden Square look to have negotiated the loss of a couple of early wickets.

Now 3-80 in the 26th over needing 135 to beat Golden Square.

We've had photographers at 3 different games today so should have plenty of variety online and in Monday's paper.

4:48pm: For a bit of a refresher on the finals scenario and where the contenders are situated, this was in the Addy last week:


4:42pm: Early in Bendigo United's chase against Strathdale, the Redbacks are 1-41 in the 10th over at Harry Trott Oval

The Redbacks pulled a suprise move by elevating Nick Crawford to the David Warner role as hard-hitting aggressive opening batsman.

Crawford is the batsman out for 24.

Matt Pinniger on 14 and Heath Behrens is yet to score.

Ben DeAraugo has the wicket for the Suns.

4:40pm: Bendigo chasing Strathfieldsaye's 9-210 are 2-48 in the 15th over.

Marcus McKern (3) and Mitch Blackman (15) are the two players out.

Craig Pearce (21*) and Mark Ryan (0*) at the crease for the Goers.

50/50 at this stage. Could the inclusion of the hard-hitting Glenn Franzi in the middle-order pay dividends later on for the Goers?

Judging on Bendigo's past two games, if you want to see a tight finish, head down to Atkins Street, sorry, I mean Bendigo District RSL Oval.

4:38pm: White Hills is 2-61 after 19 overs needing 250 to win against Huntly.

Batsmen out are Brayden Stepien (8) and Gavin Bowles (27).

Jayden Sheean (12*) and Gareth Davies (6*) are the not out batsmen.

Sam Johnston and Dylan Gibson have a wicket each for the Power.

Hard to see the Demons winning from here.

4:07pm: Golden Square now 2-28 v Kangaroo Flat. Roos are giving themselves a sniff of defending their low score at this early stage.

4:03pm: Golden Square under way in its chase against Kangaroo Flat. Square is 1-26 after 10 overs.

3:48pm: Can recap all scores of teams batting first:

Strathdale 5-199 v Bendigo United.

Eaglehawk 6-283 v Sandhurst.

Kangaroo Flat 134 v Golden Square.

Strathfieldsaye 9-210 v Bendigo.

Huntly-North Epsom 5-249 v White Hills.

Some well-earned arvo tea now being had.

3:46pm: Eaglehawk posted 6-283 against Sandhurst.

Matt Fitt top-scored with 87, but fell victim to the devil's number.

3:44pm: Innings over for Strathdale.

The Suns have made 5-199, with King finishing not out on 103. Handy little boost to the average.

King batted through all the innings.

3:42pm: Travis King has just brought up his century for Strathdale with a six over mid-wicket off Leigh McDermott.

The Suns are 5-192 in the last over v Bendigo United.

Last wicket to fall Ben DeAraugo for 47.

DeAraugo and King put on 136 for the fifth wicket.

Good fightback by the Suns after their early trouble.

This is King's second ton of the century.

3:28pm: Kangaroo Flat battled with the bat against Golden Square in the top v bottom clash.

The Roos were bowled out for 134 at MyJet Oval by the ladder-leaders.

3:26pm: Huntly holding the upper-hand in its game with White Hills.

The Power crunched 5-249 off their 45 overs.

Gavin Bowles took 3-32 for the Demons, who will have to bat superbly to get out of this one with a win.

3:14pm: Strathfieldsaye has given itself a chance of knocking over Bendigo.

The Jets scored 9-210 off their 45 overs.

Cory Devanny top-scored with 57, while Ben Devanny made 35.

Jotham Higgs with two the leading wicket-taker for the Goers. Alex Pearson, Brett Andrews, Mark Ryan and Marcus McKern took one each.

3:11pm: Eaglehawk is now 5-251 in the 41st over v Sandhurst at Canberbury Park.

Last wicket to fall was Aaron Monro for 21.

Not out is Matt Fitt on 69 and Matt White on 0.

Wicket-takers for the Dragons are Eli Bowe (2), Liam Bowe (1), Steve Becker (1) and Alex McGauchie (1).

Very good batting effort from the Hawks.

3:01pm: Strathdale still 4-down v Bendigo United.

The Suns are 4-138 after 36 overs.

Travis King has moved on to 71 and Ben DeAraugo is 32.

They have put on 95 for the fifth wicket so far to steady for the Suns.

Teams just having a drink in these hot conditions.

2:59pm: Huntly-North Epsom now 3-199 off 40 overs v White Hills.

2:41pm: Huntly is 2-175 off 33 overs in its game against White Hills.

Michael Hanson scored 75 for the Power and Josh Collinson made 71.

Tough day for the White Hills B grade side - all out for 70. Ouch.

2:28pm: Will be closing in on afternoon tea time soon with the earlier start.

Should be some refreshing items on the table today in these hot conditions.

Had a bit of a look at cricket arvo tea during the weel:


2:25pm: Strathfieldsaye now 4-132 off 33 overs v Bendigo.

Cory Devanny on 39 and Levi Walker on 6 are the batsmen in for the Jets.

Captain Ben Devanny scored 35 and Luke Millard made 4 are the two recent wickets to fall.

Don't have any details from the Golden Square-Kangaroo Flat game at this stage, but believe Flat is batting first.

2:23pm: Eaglehawk is taking on Sandhurst at Canterbury Park.

The Hawks are batting and are 4-172 in the 30th over, so ticking along very nicely.

Out are Jason Abbott (9), Andrew Smith (44), Anthony West (39) and Zac East (58 off just 30).

Matt Fitt and Aaron Monro are in.

Can't confirm Sandhurst wicket-takers at this stage.

2:18pm: The big game of the day is between Bendigo United and Strathdale at Harry Trott Oval.

The Suns are batting and are 4-77 off 26 overs, so a bit of work to do for the reigning premiers.

Out are Adrian Pappin (0), Cam Taylor (7), Linton Jacobs (5) and Ben Smith (6).

At that stage the Suns were 4-43 in the 15th over.

Not out are Travis King on 40 and Ben DeAraugo who has the picket fence going with nine singles.

Wicket-takers for the Redbacks are Miggy Podosky (2-20), Byron Perrin (1-13) and Marcus Smalley (1-19).

Redbacks going along nicely with the ball at the moment.

2:15pm: At North Bendigo, Strathfieldsaye is batting against Bendigo.

The Jets are 4-122 after 31 overs.

Jotham Higgs has two wickets for the Goers.

Alex Pearson has one and there has been a run-out.

Among the batsmen out for the Jets out are Hamish Schumacher for 38 and Kristian Rogers for a duck (or a blob as my source put it).

2:10pm: Afternoon all.

Been out to the Marong Cup, so a bit late getting the around the ground updates under way today.

For those of you interested, the Cup was won by the favourite Angeology and paid $2.40.

Now, onto the cricket.

It's a one-dayer after last week was heated out.

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