BEN DeAraugo wrote his name into the Strathdale-Maristians’ record books yesterday when he became the club’s greatest first XI wicket-taker.
DeAraugo captured match figures of 11-58 off 24 overs in the Suns’ outright win over Bendigo at Atkins Street in round seven of the Bendigo District Cricket Association.
Now with 306 wickets in his career, DeAraugo, 28, has surpassed the Suns’ previous record of 302, held by John Neylon.
DeAraugo took 4-20 off nine overs in Bendigo’s first innings, before backing it up with a career-best 7-38 off 15 overs in the second innings.
It was a bitterly disappointing batting performance by Bendigo, which failed to reach 100 in either innings, and lost its 20 wickets in a combined 59 overs on an Atkins Street wicket that had plenty in it for the bowlers.
The Goers were bowled out for 96 in the first innings – having one stage been 2-51 – and 82 in the second, with the Suns already having the outright points secured early yesterday afternoon.
While the Goers struggled with the bat, Suns’ openers Cameron Taylor and Travis King had no such problems.
After bowling the Suns out for 96, Taylor and King took just 23 overs to pass the target, before declaring at 1-164 when Taylor was dismissed following his second century in a row.
Taylor was in full flight as he scorched the Goers for 113, smashing 12 fours and three sixes, with the ton following his 127 against Strathfieldsaye the previous round.
While Taylor belted the Goers’ bowlers to all parts of Atkins Street, King was content to take a back seat as he finished 45 not out.
And then it became the DeAraugo Show as the paceman ripped through the Goers for a second-time with his first seven-for.
DeAraugo now has 24 wickets for the season, including 20 in his past four games.
While he was the star with the ball, DeAraugo received good support from Braden Hocking (3-14 and 2-35) and Ryan Haythorpe (2-34 and 1-3).
The highest score in the match for Bendigo was opener Brett Andrews’ 23 in the first innings.
The Suns locked up the outright points by scoring 0-15 in their second innings.
● Sandhurst has moved within four points of the top four following a gripping four-run win over Kangaroo Flat at Dower Park.
Just like the previous round against Bendigo United, the Roos will rue the game as one that got away.
The Roos had Sandhurst on the back foot on Saturday when the Dragons crashed to 7-74 in the 35th over.
However, a brilliant 113-run partnership for the eighth wicket between Brenton Jones and Elias Bowe helped set up what became a match-winning score of 217.
Jones’ impressive season continued as he made 95 off 212 (11 fours), while No.9 Bowe provided outstanding support with 44 off 129.
Quinton Bentley also added a valuable 18 off 21 at No.10.
In his first game in the first XI for the season, the wily Shane Harling took 4-36 for the Roos, while Liam Jones bowled superbly with the new ball to take 3-49 as he had the Dragons reeling early at 4-23 after 10 overs.
Tim Robertson conceded just 30 runs off his 23 overs, while also taking the wicket of the in-form Shane Robinson (8).
Yesterday, the Roos were in trouble at 8-166, but again, just like the previous week, captain Adam Burns led a late fightback, only to fall short when Kangaroo Flat was dismissed for 213.
On the back of his 91 last week, Burns made a gutsy 84 and teamed with youngster Chris Barber (26 n.o.) for a 39-run stand for the ninth wicket before the skipper was run out by Bentley.
Soon after Bentley claimed his sixth wicket when he had Harling (1) trapped lbw as the Dragons celebrated a nail-biting win.
For the third time this season Bentley took five or more wickets in an innings with his 6-70 off 27 overs and now has 22 wickets for the season.
Bowe followed up his heroics with the bat by taking 2-65 off 29 overs.
● A seven-wicket haul to captain Leigh McDermott propelled Bendigo United to a comfortable victory over a disappointing Huntly-North Epsom at Poyser Motors Oval.
Chasing the Redbacks’ score of 9-212, the Power offered little resistance yesterday when they were dismissed for just 88.
McDermott – who was twice on a hat-trick – ripped through the Power with a career-best 7-24 off 16 overs.
Three of McDermott’s wickets were catches by wicket-keeper Harry Donegan.
Among the other wicket-takers was Alex Sutton (1-6), who picked up his maiden first XI wicket when he dismissed Harry Whittle (2).
Ryan Grundy scored almost half of the Power’s runs with his 40.
On Saturday, the Redbacks had plenty of batsmen get starts, but only Heath Behrens capitalise.
Behrens, who looked to be hampered by a calf problem, passed 80 for the third time this season with his 81 (nine fours and one six) before he was trapped lbw trying to sweep spinner Nick Roebuck.
While seven Redbacks’ batsmen made double figures, the next best behind Behrens was McDermott (22 off 54), who was also an lbw victim.
Roebuck and Sam Johnston – who has bowled 80 overs the past two rounds – combined for nine wickets.
Roebuck claimed 5-66 off 29 overs, while Johnston took 4-57, also off 29.
The Redbacks were 1-33 off 17 overs in their second innings.
● White Hills won its first game of the season and got off the bottom of the ladder on the back of a six-wicket haul from captain Aaron Monro against Strathfieldsaye at Tannery Lane.
Monro bowled unchanged all innings to take 6-76 off 40 overs as the Jets were bowled out for 186 in reply to the Demons’ 208.
It was another disappointing performance from the Strathfieldsaye top-order, with the Jets at one stage 5-28 in the 31st over.
Veteran Greg Lyon (61 off 97, seven fours) top-scored for the Jets, while teenager Hamish Schumacher (58) continued on his good form from the previous week with his first half-century.
Monro had the screws on the Jets from the outset when his first 11 overs cost just five runs.
On Saturday after being sent into bat, the key contributors for the Demons were opener Lincoln Jacobs (59 off 158), who batted until after tea, Rhys Irwin (42 off 114) and impressive youngster Brayden Stepien (33 off 50).
Spinners Liam Smith (3-29) and Andrew Stove (3-57) both took three wickets for the Jets, who, despite their sixth loss in a row, moved up a rung on the ladder ahead of Kangaroo Flat.
● Eaglehawk inflicted Golden Square’s third loss in a row with a 115-run win over its rivals at MyJet Oval.
The Hawks made 8-253 batting first, with Anthony West continuing his good form at No.3.
West made 61 off 151 balls (five fours) in what was his third score above 50 in his past four innings.
The innings was also highlighted by a return to form with the bat of Andrew Smith, who made 75 (four fours, one six), with his knock ending when he tried to reverse sweep Square paceman Darren Clutton (3-75) and was bowled.
Shane Taylor chipped in with 36 not out for the Hawks, who at one stage lost 4-30 mid innings after getting to 2-110.
Scott Johnson’s 4-50 were the best bowling figures for Golden Square, which yesterday answered with just 138.
Only Jake Higgins (34) in his first game in the first XI for the season and Luke Baird (20) got to 20 for Golden Square.
The Hawks shared the wickets between stand-in captain Cory Jacobs (3-28) and Smith (3-30), while speedster Richard Tibbett took 2-16 before leaving the field with an ankle injury.