BUCCS chase outright win

WITH first innings points already secured, Bendigo United will now chase an outright win against Strathfieldsaye when their Bendigo District Cricket Association match resumes this Saturday.

Still smarting from their upset loss to Bendigo the previous week that cost them their position in the top four, the Redbacks routed the Jets for just 94 inside 48 overs at Tannery Lane on Saturday.

The Redbacks then raced to 2-102 declared off 14.3 overs, before striking twice with the ball before stumps.

The Jets will resume their second innings this week at 2-30 with a massive fight on their hands to avoid the BDCA's first outright loss of the season.

After the Jets won the toss and batted, only Luke Millard (22), Cory Devanny (13), Xavier Crone (10) and Levi Walker (10) scored in double figures for the home side.

The only partnership of more than 20 was the 29 Millard and Devanny put on for the fifth wicket.

The Redbacks' Byron Perrin (3-20) took three of the first four wickets to fall, while spinner Nick Crawford (4-17) later ripped through the middle and lower-order.

Miggy Podosky was at his economical best in taking 1-11 off 11 overs, including five maidens.

A highlight for the Redbacks was Josh Cruse (1-20) taking his first wicket in the first XI when he dismissed Cory Devanny.

Having decimated the Jets with the ball, two of the competitions most explosive batsmen - Matt Pinniger and Ben Gunn - continued the damage with the bat for the Redbacks.

Gunn - who is now averaging 141.5 this season in innings' where he has passed 15 - made an unbeaten 51 off 50 (nine fours) against his former side and Pinniger scored 32 off 24 (five fours) to now have 448 runs for the summer.

The only other batsman required before the Redbacks' declared was Harry Donegan (10).

With the Jets 2-30 in their second innings at stumps, they ended the day having lost 12 wickets for 124 runs. Xavier Crone (6 n.o.) and captain Ben Devanny (8 n.o.) will continue the Jets' second innings when the game resumes.

• Opener Brett Elvey batted through the entire Huntly-North Epsom innings in its big total of 6-307 against Kangaroo Flat at Dower Park.

Elvey scored his second career century for the Power as he finished unbeaten on 105, with his ton coming after he had scored just 39 runs in his first six innings this season.

Elvey hit five boundaries in his innings and received solid support from Josh Collinson, Dylan Gibson, Sam Johnston and Liam Mottram.

Gibson enjoyed a return to form in scoring 58 (eight fours), Johnston (70, eight fours) made his highest score for the Power, Collinson struck seven boundaries in his 35, while Mottram added 21.

The Power's 6-307 - their first score above 200 for the season - came after the innings had got off to a shaky start when stand-in skipper and opener Michael Hanson was bowled by Roos' captain Adam Burns for a duck.

Burns claimed his best figures of the season, taking 4-38 off 15 overs, with three of his wickets unassisted.

• Strathdale-Maristians made a flying start to its run-chase against Eaglehawk in the match of the round at Bell Oval.

In a clash of two top-four teams, the Suns went to stumps at 1-95 off just 17 overs after bowling the Hawks out for 216.

Travis King (41 off 40, eight fours) is the batsman out for the Suns, with Adrian Pappin (29 n.o. off 41) and night watchman Matthew Thomas (19 n.o. off 20) to continue the chase next Saturday, needing 122 more runs to win.

Earlier, the Hawks were bowled out in the 65th over after being sent into bat on a pitch where 15 wickets fell in the third XI earlier in the day.

The highlight of the Eaglehawk innings was a 95-run partnership for the third wicket between Anthony West and captain Jason Abbott.

They took the score from 2-35 to 130 before West (48, eight fours) was dismissed.

Following the dismissal of West, wickets fell regularly for the Hawks again as they lost their last eight for 86 runs to be all out for 216.

Abbott - who was well-caught at slip by King - top-scored for the Hawks with a gritty 64 off 133 (seven fours, two sixes), with only he and West making more than 20.

Ryan Haythorpe (4-46) produced the best bowling figures for the Suns, while leg-spinner Cameron Taylor picked up 3-33 off 21.3 overs to now have 21 wickets for the season.

• The White Hills lower-order showed plenty of fight with the bat against Bendigo at KWD Oval to survive its 85 overs.

The Demons were on the backfoot at 7-108, but contributions from their last four batsmen - Rhys Irwin (33), Adrian Holland (13), Brayden Klemke (17 n.o.) and Travis Colley (13 n.o.) - lifted their total to 9-186.

The last three partnerships were 29 between Holland and Irwin for the eighth wicket; 27 between Irwin and Klemke for the ninth wicket; and an unbroken stand of 22 for the last wicket by Klemke and Colley.

Earlier, openers Brayden Stepien (43 off 73, three fours, three sixes) and Jayden Sheean (24 off 93, two fours) put on 57 for the first wicket.

But the wicket of Stepien - who top-scored for the Demons for the third game in a row - triggered a collapse in which White Hills lost 7-51 before the rescue mission from the tail.

Bendigo raced through its overs, already having bowled 54 at tea, at which stage the Demons were 6-107.

Veterans Mark Ryan (3-15 off 14 overs) and Brett Andrews (2-42 off 30 overs, 13 maidens) were in fine form with the ball for the Goers, while the returning Tim Edwards took 1-54 in his first game in the first XI since the 2011 semi-final loss to Strathdale-Maristians.

• Unbeaten Golden Square produced another strong performance with the bat, belting 289 against Sandhurst at J.L. King Weeroona Oval.

The total was set up by a 102-run stand for the third wicket between David Blume and Jason Johnson, and later a 10th wicket-partnership of 58 between Jamie Bysouth and Luke Baird.

Starting their partnership with Golden Square 3-97, Blume (57, three fours, one six) and Johnson (56, six fours) both made half-centuries.

With his 57, Blume became the ninth Golden Square player this season to post a half-century.

Golden Square was later 9-231, but Bysouth (22 n.o., three fours) and No.11 Luke Baird (35, six fours) pushed the total up to 289. 

Their partnership halted what had been a strong fightback by the Dragons, who took 5-14 as Square fell from 4-217 to 9-231.

Earlier, openers John Lalor (41) and Scott Johnson (24) put on 60 for the first wicket.

The Bowe brothers - Eli and Liam - combined for seven wickets for the Dragons.

Opener Eli picked up 4-68 off 18 overs and leg-spinner Liam snared 3-70 off 23.5 overs. 

WELL-BATTED: Golden Square's Jason Johnson during his knock of 56 against Sandhurst. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

WELL-BATTED: Golden Square's Jason Johnson during his knock of 56 against Sandhurst. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

SPINNER: Sandhurst leggie Liam Bowe took 3-70 against Golden Square at Weeroona Oval on Saturday.

SPINNER: Sandhurst leggie Liam Bowe took 3-70 against Golden Square at Weeroona Oval on Saturday.


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