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GOLDEN Square has created an opportunity to become the first team to defeat Strathdale-Maristians in the BDCA after a productive day with the ball on Saturday.
Square had the better of the much-vaunted Suns' batting line-up, with the red-hot flag favourites, who are the only undefeated team left standing, bowled out for 176 at Wade Street.
It was a superb effort from the Square attack given the Suns had gone into the round five clash with scores of 5-225, 321, 341 and 9-308 in their first four games.
However, the Suns didn't help themselves, losing three of their wickets to run outs, including opener James Vlaeminck (3) in the first over.
Fellow opener Cameron Taylor (35) and Daniel Clohesy (11) were also victims of run outs in a Suns' innings where they battled to build partnerships.
Corey Van AKen (2-30), skipper Liam Smith (2-40) and veteran Scott Johnson (2-14) all took two wickets each for Square.
While he didn't claim a scalp, Connor Miller was economical with 0-11 off 11 overs. His first six overs went for just one run.
The Suns had been 8-129 in the 58th over before Jacob DeAraugo (38) and Ryan Haythorpe (16) added 47 for the ninth wicket.
However, they both fell to Van Aken with the score on 176 as the Suns were bowled out in the 76th over.
Golden Square went to stumps at 0-10, with Ryan Hartley (6 n.o.) and Jake Higgins (4 n.o.) safely negotiating six overs.
SANDHURST v BENDIGO
Sandhurst's Matt Combe claimed his first five-wicket haul in the BDCA in the Dragons' match against Bendigo at Weeroona Oval.
Combe took the first five wickets in the Bendigo innings of 253 after Goers' captain Shane Koop won just his fourth toss in the past 18 matches.
The Goers had been an ominous 2-181 in the 60th over before losing 8-72.
The key partnership of the innings was a 102-run stand for the third wicket between opener Xavier Ryan (71) and Ramdas Kamath (58).
However, both fell in the midst of a flurry of wickets as the Goers lost 3-2, going from 2-181 to 5-183.
At that stage Combe already had five-for. As well as dismissing Ryan and Kamath, Combe also removed opener Koop (8), Kyle Humphrys (39) and Mitch Blackman (1).
Combe finished with 5-43 off 19 overs, while the remaining wickets were shared between in-form skipper Taylor Beard (3-73), who now has 17 scalps for the season, and left-arm spinner Sam Sperling (2-66).
STRATHFIELDSAYE v EAGLEHAWK
Strathfieldsaye produced its best batting performance of the season against Eaglehawk at Tannery Lane.
The Jets overcame the early loss of returning opener Nick Scullie (0) to bat out their 85 overs and post 9-213.
Skipper Ben Devanny, who started the day well by finally winning his first toss of the season, and Callum McCarty provided the backbone of the Jets' innings as they occupied the crease for a combined 308 balls.
Devanny became the first Jets' player for the season to post a half-century with his knock of 62 off 159, while McCarty compiled 41 off 149. The pair put on 98 for the fourth wicket.
The Jets also had a 50-run stand for the second wicket between Zoltan Smyth (43) and Savith Priyan (17), while teenager Connor Lyon later chipped in with 20 on debut.
Opening bowler Josh Williams (4-36) and spinner Russell Stockdale (4-82) both picked up four wickets apiece for the Hawks, while Aaron Monro (0-28 off 17) dried up the runs from his end.
BENDIGO UNITED v WHITE HILLS
Bendigo United posted 241 against White Hills at Scott Street in an innings that had plenty of players get starts, but no-one cash in.
All 10 Redbacks' batsmen dismissed made double figures, including four who got out in the 30s - Wayne Fidler (32) in his return to the first XI side, Jake Klemm (37), Tom Batters (37) and Adrian Cronin (36).
With his 37 alongside recruit Batters, Klemm has still top-scored in every Bendigo United innings so far this season, with his tally now at 261 runs.
Rhys Irwin (1-43) picked up the key wicket of Klemm caught and bowled.
The chief wicket-taker for the Demons was spinner Linc Jacobs with 4-58 as he snared four-for for the second game in a row.
Fellow spinners Jack Bourke (2-62) and Nick Wallace (2-45) each took two wickets.
HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM v KANGAROO FLAT
Kangaroo Flat fought its way to 181 against reigning premier Huntly-North Epsom at Strauch Reserve.
After winning the toss the Roos had been on the backfoot early following the losses of Chris Barber (2) and Tyler Hinds (3) to be 2-14.
They were later 7-138 before the last three wickets were able to eek out a further 43 runs.
Classy English keeper-batsman Ben Birkhead (36) top-scored for the Roos, whose innings featured a 16-run eighth-wicket partnership between the father-son duo of Adam Burns (17) and Riley Burns (22).
Riley Burns also added a valuable 25 runs for the ninth wicket with another Roo up-and-comer in Campbell Smith (8).
Adam Ward (3-47) and Mitch Whittle (2-34) were multiple wicket-takers for the Power, who also had Lewis Stabler (1-20 off 17) and the wily Brett Elvey (1-19 off 19) combine for 2-39 off 36 overs.
BLAST FROM THE PAST - WHAT HAPPENED IN ROUND FIVE IN RECENT YEARS:
Sandhurst 6-289 def Strathdale 209
Strathfieldsaye 9-254 def Bendigo United 186
White Hills 204 def Bendigo 147 & 6-145
Huntly-North Epsom 160 & 1-21 def Kangaroo Flat 80 & 100 - OUTRIGHT
Golden Square 0-0 drew Eaglehawk 0-0 (washed out)
100* - Joel Murphy (Sandhurst)
5-47 - Dylan Klemm (Kangaroo Flat)
Sandhurst 9-323 def Strathfieldsaye 86 & 8-114
Eaglehawk 5-308 def Kangaroo Flat 9-271
Huntly-North 9-258 def White Hills 159
Golden Square 9-256 def Bendigo United 169
Strathdale 7-177 & 5-127 def Bendigo 76 & 6-226 - OUTRIGHT
111 - Dylan Gibson (Kangaroo Flat)
7-26 - Craig Howard (Sandhurst)
6-55 - Kyle Humphrys (Bendigo)
5-44 - Cameron Moore (Huntly-North)
5-68 - Linc Jacobs (White Hills)
Golden Square 8-252 def Strathfieldsaye 8-233
Bendigo United 9-252 def White Hills 142
Sandhurst 205 def Kangaroo Flat 143
Strathdale 9-198 def Huntly-North 128
Eaglehawk 116 & 6-141 def Bendigo 110
8-27 - Andrew Smith (Eaglehawk)
8-29 - Nathan Fitzpatrick (Bendigo)
7-40 - Sam Sperling (Sandhurst)
5-49 - Cameron Taylor (Strathdale)
White Hills 5-290 def Bendigo 196
Strathdale 6-269 def Eaglehawk 175
Golden Square 212 def Kangaroo Flat 9-183
Strathfieldsaye 210 def Bendigo United 170
Sandhurst 6-192 def Huntly-North 61 & 84 - OUTRIGHT
115* - Gavin Bowles (White Hills)
6-28 - Liam Bowe (Sandhurst)
6-36 - Darren Kelly (Strathfieldsaye)
5-64 - Chris Barber (Kangaroo Flat)
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