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WHITE HILLS V STRATHFIELDSAYE
A 238-RUN opening partnership between captain Mitch Winter-Irving and Rhys Irwin laid the foundation for White Hills to belt more than 350 against Strathfieldsaye and still have time to bowl eight overs before stumps in the BDCA on Saturday.
The Demons plundered 4-352 declared in the 74th over against the Jets at Scott Street, with Winter-Irving crunching a big century, while Irwin fell just short of what would have been his maiden first XI ton.
Winter-Irving cracked the equal-second highest score by a White Hills player in the 2000s with his blistering 171 and having already brought up his century by the tea break.
The Demons were motoring at 0-186 off 41 overs by the tea break, at which stage Winter-Irving was on 105 and Irwin on 72.
Winter-Irving added a further 66 runs after the break, with his 171 his fourth career century for the Demons.
The Jets didn’t take their first wicket of the innings until the first ball of the 55th over and it came via a run-out when Bodee Scullie combined with wicket-keeper Jack Stubbs to end Irwin’s innings on 96.
Irwin earlier had a double slice of luck when on 16 he was both dropped and survived a missed stumping chance by Stubbs.
While he missed out on a century, Irwin set a new career-high with his 96 that came off 170 balls and included a six off Luke Jones (0-44) off the final ball before tea that landed in the neighbouring creek.
Scullie also had a hand in the Jets finally claiming the wicket of Winter-Irving in the 69th over.
Scullie took the catch at deep square leg to end Winter-Irving’s 196-ball, 257-minute stay at the crease.
Coming off scores of 14 and 0 in his previous two hits, Winter-Irving struck 20 boundaries and one six in his 171, lifting his season tally to 560 runs to take over the mantle as the competition’s leading run-scorer.
“It was really important that we had a good day knowing that we’ve got a fair bit of work to do over the last three rounds,” Winter-Irving said.
“The coach has always been about playing positive cricket and we certainly did that today.
“It was good to get the team off to a good start with Rhys. I feel I’ve been hitting the ball well in the nets and that a good score was coming, so it was good to be able to capitalise today.”
Through the 2000s, only Darren Gregory’s club record 178 against Bendigo in round one of 2006-07 is a higher score by a White Hills’ player.
Brodie McRae also made 171 for the Demons in a 2005-06 game against Golden Square.
Winter Irving’s dismissal was the first A Grade wicket for the Jets’ Abe Sheahan, who also removed Caleb Barras (1) to finish with 2-35.
As well as the 238-run opening partnership with Irwin, Winter-Irving – who was given a life on 111 when dropped by Savith Priyan – also put on 76 for the second wicket with Gavin Bowles (36).
Bowles was caught by Sheahan, meaning the Jets’ youngster was involved in three of the four wickets taken by Strathfieldsaye.
Strathfieldsaye went to stumps at 0-16.
“I had hoped we might be able to get seven or eight overs at them late in the day and maybe get a couple of wickets. Once we had 350 on the board that was enough to make a declaration and try to really top the day off,” Winter-Irving said.
STRATHDALE-MARISTIANS V HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM
• Renowned for its batting depth and prowess, the Strathdale-Maristians’ scorecard against Huntly-North Epsom featured a rare sight – four-consecutive ducks.
In a crucial contest at Bell Oval between two sides in the top four, the Suns lost their last eight wickets for 76 runs to be all out for 161 as the Power again showed why they are the BDCA’s No.1-ranked bowling line-up.
The Suns’ batting line-up included Daniel Clohesy, Linton Jacobs, Jacob DeAraugo and Adrian Pappin all making ducks in positions 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the line-up.
The Suns had been 2-85 in the 43rd over before the dismissal of Cameron Taylor (36), lbw to Sandun Ranathunga (2-31), triggered a flurry of wickets.
By the 61st over the Suns had lost 6-38, collapsing to 8-123 before the last two wickets featuring Jack Neylon (68), Ryan Haythopre (15 n.o.) and Sam Bates (8) added a further 38.
Only Neylon, Taylor and Haythorpe scored in double figures for the Suns, who were missing gun all-rounder Sam Johnston with a foot injury that will rule him out of Country Week in a massive blow for the BDCA.
Neylon’s 68 off 137 balls included six boundaries and four sixes, with his innings starting with the Suns 2-52 following the wicket of Andrew Chalkley (8).
Chalkley was caught by substitute fielder Michael Hanson the first ball he was on the ground after replacing Mitch Whittle (0-15).
The game was a milestone match for Suns’ skipper Ben DeAraugo in what was his 243rd first XI appearance, setting a new Strathdale-Maristians’ record.
The day started well for DeAraugo in winning the toss, but he spent just four balls out in the middle making six.
DeAraugo’s only scoring shot was a six of Ranathunga, tieing him with team-mate Johnston for the most sixes in the BDCA since 2013-14 with 63.
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Coming off a five-wicket haul against White Hills the previous round, the Power’s Brett Elvey was again in fine form with the ball and at his stingy best.
Elvey finished with 3-23 off 20 overs – removing a trio of the duck-makers in Clohesy, Jacobs and Jacob DeAraugo.
Elvey’s 20 overs featured 13 maidens, including a streak of eight in a row having conceded five runs off his first six overs and still having just five hit off him after 14.
He now has 12-73 off 49 overs, including 23 maidens, in his past four games.
Team-mate Adam Ward lifted his tally of wickets for the season to 31 with another three, finishing with 3-53 off 22.2 overs.
The Power closed at 0-11 at sumps.
EAGLEHAWK V BENDIGO
• Eaglehawk fought its way to 209 thanks to some rearguard action from Aaron Monro, Shaun Knott and Richard Tibbett against Bendigo at Canterbury Park.
The Hawks had been in danger of being skittled for less than 150 when they slumped to 8-132 in the 62nd over, with the Goers riding a wave of momentum.
However, the trio of Monro (55), Knott (27 n.o.) and Tibbett (11 n.o.) combined to ensure the Hawks not only batted out their 85 overs, but added a further 77 runs to push the score to 9-209.
Monro began his innings in the 34th over with the Hawks 5-97 and batted for 157 minutes.
In his 200th BDCA game – 113 for Eaglehawk and 87 for Sandhurst – Anthony West made 28, while opener Cameron McGlashan scored 35 for the Hawks.
The Goers’ spin twins of Liam Evans (2-28 off 22) and Kyle Humphrys (1-29 off 16) put the clamps on the Hawks, combining for 3-57 off 38 overs.
Earlier, Alex Pearson (2-61) picked up the wickets of both Hawks’ openers McGlashan and skipper Cory Jacobs (9).
GOLDEN SQUARE V KANGAROO FLAT
• Captain Brent Hamblin and Adam Burns combined to score more than half of Kangaroo Flat’s 197 runs against ladder-leader Golden Square at Wade Street.
The all-rounders added a much-needed 105 runs for the fifth wicket after the Roos had been in dire straits at 4-45 in the 30th over having been sent in.
Both made half-centuries – Hamblin (59) and Burns (58), with the next best of the Roos’ batsmen Daniel Barber (24).
The spin duo of Liam Smith (3-41) and Ben Gunn (3-31) took six wickets between them for Square, while Corey Van Aken was miserly in taking 1-7 off 10 overs and coach Grant Connelly (2-17 off 11) also gave little away.
SANDHURST V BENDIGO UNITED
• Bendigo United produced an improved batting performance to post 212 against Sandhurst at Weeroona Oval on a day that started with a rare win at the toss this season for the Redbacks.
It was an undermanned Sandhurst team that took to the field missing the trio of captain Taylor Beard (suspended), Matt Combe (unavailable) and Sam Sperling (foot injury).
A week after they were all out for 89 against Eaglehawk, the Redbacks’ innings was highlighted by a knock of 83 from Jayden Templeton, which included six sixes, in his return to the side.
Opener Nick Williamson (42) also battled hard until disaster struck on the last ball before tea when he was run-out following a mix-up with Templeton, leaving the Redbacks 3-104 at the break.
It was a spread of wicket-takers for the Dragons, with Craig Howard (3-60 off 35), Will Keck (2-31) and Kayde Howard (2-42) all picking up multiples, while left-arm spinner Nathan Walsh (1-54) took one on debut.
Kayde Howard had been on a hat-trick when he removed Thomas Starr (10) and Jake Klemm (0) in consecutive deliveries in his fifth over.
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