BDCA Around The Ground Updates - February 22

6:17pm: Even though we've missed a bit of cricket lately with heat and rain, today are the first drawn matches in the BDCA first XI for the season.

Who can remember the last time we got to round 12 before there had been any drawn games?

Kangaroo Flat will finish on the bottom of the ladder this season after Sandhurst defeated the Roos by six wickets in their ordinary conditions game that was turned into a one-dayer.

That's three wins for the Dragons this season.

6:12pm: They didn't win the game, but a really good effort with the bat by underdogs Strathfieldsaye against ladder-leading Golden Square at Tannery Lane.

The Jets finished at 8-292 off their 85 overs in reply to Square's 7-306.

The Jets' innings was highlighted by a century to Ben Devanny - his second ton of the season.

6:06pm: Bendigo Uniuted finished 5-206 off their 85 overs v White Hills.

5:44pm: Strathfieldsaye 6-250 v Goldeh Square in the 78th over.

Ben Devanny has made his second ton of the season.

He scored 100 on the dot, following his earlier ton this season against Kangaroo Flat.

He's had a ripper season with bat and ball.

With four wickets in hand, the Jets need 57 runs off eight overs to pull off the upset.

I guess it's not out of the question.

Meanwhile, Strathfieldsaye B Grade have beaten Square outright at Wade Street.

5:31pm: The three ordinary conditions matches that had impacts on the finals race will all end in draws.

Kangaroo Flat and Sandhurst have made a game of their ordinary conditions match.

5:30pm: Ben DeAraugo has again fallen short in his bid for his first ton.

DeAraugo out for 81.

The Suns now 6-303 in the 72nd over v Huntly-North Epsom.

Long day in the field for the Power after they won the toss and bowled.

5:28pm: Play continues at White Hills in what will be a draw.

Bendigo United is 5-195 in the 81st over. versus the Demons.

Mark Di Fede fell short of a century, dismissed for 82.

Nick Crawford is on 35 and Marcus Smalley - batting as high as he ever has at No.7 - has made the most of his elevation with an unbeaten 6.

Looks like Coach Smalley has pulled rank by moving himself up the order from his customary No.11.

Wicket-takers for White Hills are Rhys Irwin 1-29, Gavin Bowles 2-21, Travis Colley 1-40 and Gareth Davies 1-35.

5:24pm: Sandhurst 2-28 off 13 overs chasing Kangaroo Flat's 7-160 declared at Weeroona Oval.

Brent Hamblin has both wickets for the Roos.

5:11pm: Play has ended early at Atkins Street.

After 73 overs, the Hawks finished at 3-218 against Bendigo.

Zac East not out 38 and Matt Fitt not out 24 at stumps.

Andrew Smith (80) and Jason Abbott (67) were the top-scorers for the Hawks.

Wicket-takers for the Goers were Jotham Higgs (1-51), Tom Kirk (1-23) and Mark Ryan (1-14).

Looks like an early start for Bendigo's 1994 premiership reunion celebrations.

5:06pm: Strathdale now 4-286 in the 66th over v Huntly.

Travis King has made his second ton in a row for the Suns.

He scored 111 to follow up his unbeaten 103 last game against Bendigo United.

He faced 169 balls and hit 16 fours and a six.

That's two years in a row he's made a ton against Huntly.

He was well caught by Brett Elvey in the gully off Quinton Bentley.

King is now the competition's leading run-scorer this season with 558 made up of scores of 43, 28, 119*, 40, 0, 10, 59, 4, 41, 103* and 111.

Currently in for the Suns are Ben DeAraugo on 79. He's having a brilliant season with the bat.

Could this be the day he gets that first ton?

This is DeAraugo's fifth score above 50 for the season.

He's hit six sixes and five fours in this knock.

Nick Baker in as well on 9.

5:02pm: Strathfieldsaye is 4-179 in the 64th over chasing Golden Square's 7-306.

The Jets are digging in against the ladder-leaders.

Ben Devanny unbeaten on 72 and Levi Walker was 28 not out.

Looks like some more Addy votes for Devanny, who currently leads our Player of The Year Award.

Last couple of wickets have been Luke Millard and Cory Devanny.

4:59pm: Looks like Sandhurst and Kangaroo Flat are having a crack at trying to get a result. Good on em.

Kangaroo Flat made 7-163 declared.

Last Sandhurst score was 1-20.

Could decide the wooden-spoon this match.

4:47pm: Bendigo United 3-156 off 68 overs v White Hills.

Mark Di Fede on 81. Nick Crawford on 14.

4:21pm: The word is Nick Crawford has strode to the wicket with intent for his innings against White Hills.

He's nearing 40 is Nick Crawford, but still playing good cricket. Must be all that DDP Yoga he is renowned for.

4:20pm: Bendigo United just lost its third wicket.

The score is 3-122 v White Hills.

Last wicket was Harry Donegan, out for 13.

Mark Di Fede still in on 65 and going well and Nick Crawford just started his innings.

4:13pm: Only have an old score from Weeroona Oval.

That was Kangaroo Flat 3-55 off 21 overs in its game against Sandhurst, which is pitting the two bottom sides against each other.

Check out snapper Brendan McCarthy's shots from the White Hills v Bendigo United game

GALLERY: White Hills v Bendigo United

4:11pm: Bendigo has finally taken its first wicket against Eaglehawk.

Andrew Smith the wicket to fall, bowled by Jotham Higgs for 80.

Smith and Jason Abbott put on 131 for the first wicket.

The first wicket fell in the 51st over - the third after tea.

Smith faced 143 balls and hit seven fours.

Jason Abbott not out on 62 in what's his third half-century of the season.

We still can't convince Abby to participate in Under The Pump though!

New batsman in is Anthony West, who is on 2.

4:07pm: Strathdale progress to 3-171 after 48 overs v Huntly.

Linton Jacobs last wicket to fall. Out for 81.

He was caught at mid-on by Tom Wilson off Dylan Gibson.

Jacobs faced 129 balls for his 81.

Travis King on track for a second century in a row. He's unbeaten on 75.

Also in is Ben DeAraugo, who is on seven.

3:19pm: Bryan Vance out for 44 off 118 for Bendigo United.

The Redbacks are now 2-100 in the 44th over v White Hills.

Mark Di Fede unbeaten on 50. Harry Donegan the new batsman in.

3:17pm: Strathdale's King has now passed the 500-run mark for the season with his unbeaten 65.

Really flourished with the bat since his decision to pull stumps at the Addy!

3:14pm: Strathdale now 2-140 v Huntly.

Linton Jacobs is getting on with it. He and Travis King are both on 65.

They've put on 131 for the third wicket.

Believe it or not.... both have faced 100 balls as well for their 65.

3:11pm: Eaglehawk moves along to 0-111 off 42 overs.

Jason Abbott on 44 and Andrew Smith on 67.

Hawks right on top, but only going to get three points for their good work.

Andrew Smith continuing on from his 44 last game against Sandhurst.

2:48pm: At Tannery Lane, Strathfieldsaye is 2-88 in the 33rd over needing 307 to win against Golden Square.

Batting are Luke Millard on 15 and Ben Devanny, who is on 17.

Wickets to have fallen are Hamish Schumacher for 44. He was caught Jake Higgins off Jamie Bysouth.

The other wicket to fall was Xavier Crone, dismissed by Luke Baird for 5.

2:47pm: At Atkins Street, Eaglehawk is 0-83 off 32 overs.

Andrew Smith not out 53 and captain Jason Abbott unbeaten on 30.

Bowling: Alex Pearson (0-18), Jotham Higgs (0-27), Brett Andrews (0-18), Matthew Gray (0-20).

Smith has ridden his luck in this innings having been dropped twice.

Slow outfield, but a good wicket at Atkins Street.

2:45pm: Strathdale 2-105. Jacobs just hit a couple of fours in a row off Tom Wilson.

2:43pm: Strathdale now 2-99 in the 27th over v Huntly.

Travis King on 47 and captain Linton Jacobs on 42.

They've currently put on 90 for the third wicket.

2:40pm: Bendigo United now 1-55 in the 28th over v White Hills. Bryan Vance on 25 and Mark DiFede on 26.

Looks like that game is headed for a three-point each split with a draw.

2:02pm: Bendigo United move along to 1-29 in the 19th over.

Di Fede on 11 and Vance on 15.

Both looking comfortable at the crease.

Likes a day of batting practice for the Redbacks at this stage.

1:57pm: No more wickets at Bell Oval since Huntly's early burst.

After 15 overs Strathdale is 2-66.

Travis King on 36 off 47 - didn't know he could score so fast - and skipper Linton Jacobs is 20 off 27.

Quinton Bentley has 1-24 off 7 and Sam Johnston 1-40 off 8.

1:42pm: Bendigo United still one wicket down v White Hills.

The Redbacks now 1-13 in the 13th over.

Slow going so far.

Was hearing yesterday it was looking like a wicket that was going to have a bit of spice in it today for the bowlers.

1:29pm: At Atkins Street, Bendigo is hosting Eaglehawk.

Nothing to play for as far as finals go for the in-form Bendigo, while the Hawks are sitting in fourth position.

Bendigo won the toss and bowled first.

After 9 overs the Hawks are 0-17.

Jason Abbott is on 11 and Andrew Smith is on 7.

Alex Pearson and Jotham Higgs the two bowlers in action for the Goers.

1:21pm: The other game with plenty of interest is White Hills v Bendigo United at KWD Oval.

White Hills has won the toss and bowled.

The Redbacks are 1-8 in the 8th over.

Matt Pinniger out for 2. He was caught behind off Rhys Irwin.

Massive wicket for the Demons and a rare failure for Pinniger this season.

His scores this season have been 76, 73, 11, 101, 5, 4, 29, 68, 49*, 32, 26*, 43, and 2.

Maybe the pressure of being grilled in Under The Pump got to Pinniger ahead of his innings!!

UNDER THE PUMP: Matt and Jenny Pinniger

No Heath Behrens in the side for the Redbacks. He's out with a crook knee.

Currently in are Mark Di Fede and Bryan Vance, who is batting at No.3.

1:18pm: The game with probably the most intrigue today is Strathdale v Huntly-North Epsom at Bell Oval.

Hunty won the toss and are bowling.

In the fifth over the Suns are 2-9.

Adrian Pappin (0) and Cam Taylor (8) the two early wickets to fall.

Pappin has made a habit the past couple of years of destroying Huntly, so a massive wicket for the Power.

Quinton Bentley and Sam Johnston have a wicket each for the Power.

Travis King and Linton Jacobs at the crease for the Suns.

1:08pm: Hello and welcome to today's rolling coverage of the Bendigo District Cricket Association.

It's day two of round 12 and it will be an interesting day ahead with four of the games reverting to ordinary conditions after last week's rain.

The only game with a guaranteed result is Golden Square defending 7-306 against Strathfieldsaye.

BDCA'S DAY OF INTRIGUE

So, why are there four games that are ordinary conditions today.

This may help to explain:

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY... AT LEAST ON SATURDAY

Meanwhile, It's also a big day - or make that big night - for the Bendigo Cricket Club.

The Goers are holding their 20-year premiership reunion tonight following their game against Eaglehawk at Atkins Street.

The 1994 grand final between Bendigo and Eaglehawk is remembered as one of the greatest in BDCA history and has been reflected on in the Bendigo Advertiser this week.

1993-94 BDCA GRAND FINAL REPORT

GOERS TO REFLECT ON EPIC TWO-RUN VICTORY

FAMOUS LAST BALL RECALLED

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