BDCA REVIEW: Huntly-North Epsom

Finished: 6th – 7-5-1.

Round-by-round ladder position: 8th, 7th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 7th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th, 6th.

Twenty20 tournament: Premiers – Michael Hanson 274 runs, Quinton Bentley 11 wickets.

Most BDCA Cricketer of the Year votes: Sam Johnston (16).

Most Bendigo Advertiser-Bicknells votes: Sam Johnston (26).

Addy Team of the Year: Sam Johnston and Quinton Bentley.

Highest score: 105* – Brett Elvey, v Kangaroo Flat, round 10.

Best bowling: 7-27 – Quinton Bentley, v Sandhurst, round 13.

FOR the second season in a row the Power endured a finals near-miss.

The Power finished a game outside the top four in sixth position, a year after missing a finals berth by just four points.

The Power were under pressure from the outset this season when their only win in their first four games was an 18-run victory over Kangaroo Flat.

After five rounds the Power were languishing in 10th position and looking nothing like a finals contender.

However, the Power recovered well from their slow start to make a charge towards the finals.

The Power lost just one of their last eight games and were one of the form teams post-Christmas.

But their poor start ultimately came back to bite them, while losing their captain and key batsman Linc McRae to an ankle injury didn’t help either.

New coach Quinton Bentley had an outstanding season with the ball to win both the BDCA bowling aggregate (34 wickets) and average (14.6).

All-rounder Sam Johnson (287 runs and 28 wickets) was also superb and finished runner-up in the BDCA Cricketer of the Year Award.

The club savoured its first piece of silverware when it won the Twenty20 grand final against Strathdale.

SEASON STATS:

BATTING:

Josh Collinson - 363 runs @ 33.0

Michael Hanson - 298 runs @ 22.9

Sam Johnston - 287 runs @ 41.0

Linc McRae - 271 runs @ 38.7

Dylan Gibson - 191 runs @ 21.2

BOWLING:

Quinton Bentley - 34 wickets @ 14.6

Sam Johnston - 28 wickets at 24.1

Dylan Gibson - 15 wickets @ 20.5

Tom Wilson - 13 wickets @ 18.8

Brett Elvey - 9 wickets @ 41.6

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