STRATHFIELDSAYE was unable to capiatlise on a flying start with the bat against Golden Square on day one of round four of the BDCA on Saturday.
Having won the toss and batted, the Jets – with Pat Felmingham in full flight – were motoring along at 1-104 in just the 19th over at Wade Street.
Yet the Jets’ lack of depth again proved costly as the demise of Felmingham signaled what would become the beginning of the end for Strathfieldsaye, which lost 9-81 to be all out for 185 in the 62nd over.
Felmingham began his innings in the opening over after Greg Lyon (0) was caught by Square’s Scott Johnson – the first of five dismissals for the keeper – off Saheed Akolade third ball of the day.
The hard-hitting Felmingham, with support from Zoltan Smyth, took the attack to the Square bowlers from the outset, and by the 10-over mark the Jets already had 62 on the board.
In a whirlwind 53-ball stay at the crease, Felminghtam crunched three sixes and eight boundaries in blasting 72 before his innings ended when caught in the deep by Liam Smith off spinner Jamie Bysouth.
And from there wickets tumbled regularly as 1-104 quickly became 4-107, with Smyth (31) and skipper Ben Devanny falling soon after.
Coming off back-to-back centuries, Devanny was out for just one after he was caught down the leg side by Johnson off Bysouth.
Apart from Felmingham and Smyth, the only other players to reach double figures for the Jets were Bodee Scullie (42) and Beauden Rinaldi (17).
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Five Jets’ players were dismissed for two or less.
Bysouth (3-17 off 14), Akolade (3-69 off 17), captain Ben Gunn (2-4 off 3) and Smith (2-27 off 11) were all multiple wicket-takers for Square, which ended the day 1-53 off 20 overs.
• Chris Howgate’s maiden century for Bendigo United came at a much-needed time in the grand final rematch against Eaglehawk.
The Redbacks were at a precarious 5-89 just after tea at Canterbury Park and desperate for a partnership.
And Howgate and Jake Thrum provided it to help the Redbacks claw their way to a competitive 232.
Howgate, whose previous highest first XI score for the Redbacks had been 40, scored what is already the 10th century in the BDCA this season – 109 off 138 balls.
Together with Thrum (28), they added 126 for the sixth wicket to push the score to 215, before the Redbacks’ last five wickets tumbled for 17 runs.
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Howgate struck seven boundaries and three sixes – one of which proved just how strong the glass windows are in the new social rooms at Canterbury Park.
Earlier, opener Mark Di Fede battled hard as wickets fell around him in compiling 39 off 137, while Hawks’ all-rounder Aaron Monro claimed a five-wicket bag.
Monro picked up 5-53 off 19.3 overs, with his scalps including Howgate, who was caught by Nick Farley.
Farley (2-19 off 7) chipped in with two wickets for the Hawks, who had opening bowlers Richard Tibbett (1-34 off 15) and Shaun Knott (0-27 off 14) play their first games of the season.
Left-armer Knott wasted no time reminding the competition of how tough he is to score off, with his first spell of nine overs conceding just 11 runs.
• Strathdale-Maristians’ strong form with the bat continued as the Suns notched their third score in a row of more than 300.
The Suns cracked 8-312 against Sandhurst in an innings where three players posted half-centuries, while 13 sixes were hit for the day at Bell Oval.
Openers Linton Jacobs and James Vlaeminck got the Suns off to a flyer, with the pair taking just 11 overs to tick the score over 50.
Vlaemnick (30) was the first wicket to fall when caught by keeper Joel Schneider in the 16th over with the score on 60 to be the first of Sandhurst coach Taylor Beard’s five scalps.
Jacobs went on to compile 86 off 166 (eight fours, two sixes) in what was his highest score for four seasons.
Recruit Mitch Blackman (57) and Sam Johnston (50) also made half-centuries for the Suns, with the damaging Johnston’s again at better than a run-a-ball.
Johnston whacked five sixes and two fours in his 50 off 38, which came a week after he belted 65 n.o. off 48 against Strathfieldsaye.
And Blackman has wasted no time proving a valuable acquisition for the Suns with scores of 57 and 48 in his first two hits for his new club.
The Suns also had No.3 Jack Neylon make 49, with he and Jacobs adding 95 for the second wicket.
Just like Ben Devanny for Strathfieldsaye, Suns’ captain Ben DeAraugo – caught by Todd Murphy at mid-on off Beard – was also out for one coming off back-to-back centuries.
Beard finished with 5-81 off 27 overs for the Dragons, who in their past three games have conceded scores of 8-312, 6-272 and 9-288.
• White Hills is already in trouble in its run-chase against Bendigo, with the Demons going to stumps at 2-12 at home in reply to the Goers’ 231.
Having carried his bat through all 85 overs against Sandhurst the previous week, Ryan Grundy (7) is one of the wickets to have fallen for the Demons.
Earlier, the Goers lost their last seven wickets for 51 after they had been 3-180.
There were five scores of at least 26 in the Goers’ innings, but no player cashed in on their start, with opener Craig Pearce (46) top-scoring.
Captain Shane Koop again put a high price on his wicket, facing 146 balls in making 43.
Demons’ spinner Linc Jacobs picked up four wickets for the second week in a row, snaring a career-best 4-39 off 17.3 overs, which included the dismissal of Goers’ star recruit Kyle Humphrys (36).
Michael Peters (3-34 off 15) and Jayden Sheean (3-46 off 12) took three wickets each for the Demons.
• Kangaroo Flat posted 8-237 against Huntly-North Epsom at Dower Park.
The innings featured 68 from opener Nathan Stubbings and an unbeaten 71 from captain Brent Hamblin, who navigated his side through a challenging period when the Roos fell from 3-136 to 6-145 in the 66th over.
Hamblin hit eight boundaries in his innings.
Recruit Jamie Dass added 40 as part of a 70-run fourth-wicket stand with Stubbings, who occupied the crease for 201 balls.
Peter Moore (3-58 off 20) was the leading wicket-taker for the Power, while Brett Elvey’s 2-59 off 25 overs included trapping Jake Klemm (6) lbw with the first ball he bowled.