FOR the third time in a row the Huntly-North Epsom bowling line-up has decimated Eaglehawk, with the Power already having first innings points locked away after day one of their round six BDCA clash.
The Power routed the Hawks for just 79 on Saturday before going to stumps at 3-91 and with a lead of 12.
Huntly-North Epsom has now bowled the Hawks out for 79, 109 and 111 in their past three games over the past 12 months - all at Canterbury Park.
The Power spread the load with the ball, with Lewis Stabler (3-23), Mitch Whittle (2-10) and Sandun Ranathunga (2-18) all multiple wicket-takers.
The Hawks were made to work hard for every run against a Power attack that produced plenty of economical figures - Stabler conceding just 23 runs off 14 overs; Whittle 10 runs off 7; Adam Ward 8 off 7.1; Ranathunga 18 off 12; Brett Elvey 3 off 8 and Tharindu Darshana 8 off 6.
Elvey bowled 34 balls before conceding his first run, while spinner Ranathunga gave up just one run off his first six overs.
After winning the toss and batting the writing was on the wall early for the Hawks, who were already 3-12 inside the first 10 overs, while their innings ended in the 58th.
Only skipper Matt Fitt (24), who defied the Power attack for 99 minutes, Nash Viney (11) and Josh Williams (11) reached double figures for the Hawks.
With the damage done with the ball the Power then had 24 overs to face and that was enough time to reach their target and then build a lead, with Ranathunga (27 n.o.) and Ajith Rajapaksha (15 n.o.) the unbeaten batsmen at stumps.
BENDIGO v WHITE HILLS
Bailey Goodwin and Mitch Winter-Irving provided the highlights at Atkins Street with a hat-trick and century in the clash between Bendigo and White Hills.
The Demons produced another strong batting display, cracking 299 - their fourth-consecutive score of 280-plus.
Having already made two previous centuries at Atkins Street in 2016-17 (112) and 2014-15 (101 n.o.) Winter-Irving added a third with his knock of 150.
And he almost carried his bat, opening the innings and being the last wicket to fall when a skied shot was caught at mid-off by Jotham Higgs off Goodwin.
Winter-Irving batted for 315 minutes, faced 202 balls and struck 14 boundaries and one six.
Winter-Irving's innings could have ended on 96 when he cracked a powerful shot to mid-on, but it was dropped and raced to the boundary for four to bring up his fifth career century for the Demons.
Meanwhile, Goodwin bowled himself into the BDCA hat-trick club in his 21st over when he dismissed the Demons' trio of Jayden Sheean (caught and bowled), Linc Jacobs (bowled) and Nick Wallace (bowled) in consecutive deliveries as what had been figures of 0-57 quickly became 3-57.
The later wicket of Winter-Irving gave the 20-year-old figures of 4-73 off 25.2 overs.
Higgs (3-46) picked up three wickets and off-spinner Humphrys took his season tally to 19 with 2-77.
While they have a big chase on their hands that has already got off to a rocky start, the Goers did well to keep White Hills to under 300 given the Demons at one stage had been 1-170 in the 42nd over with star duo Winter-Irving and Gavin Bowles (55) both well set.
As well as Goodwin's hat-trick with the score on 262, the Goers also had a three-wicket burst just after tea with the dismissals of Bowles, Caleb Barras (1) and Ollie Geary (1) sending White Hills from 1-170 to 4-174.
The Demons' innings ended with a 37-run partnership for the last wicket between Winter-Irving and Jack Bourke (22 n.o.) before Bendigo had a nasty three overs to face that has already cost them the wicket of captain Shane Koop (2).
The Goers will resume their chase at 1-6.
STRATHDALE-MARISTIANS v BENDIGO UNITED
Bendigo United copped the full brunt of the Strathdale-Maristians' batting power as the Suns plundered the BDCA's highest score for more than 10 years.
The Suns belted the Redbacks all over Bell Oval, amassing a monster 9-408 led by centuries to Cameron Taylor and Grant Waldron.
Taylor - who already appears well on the way to winning a fourth BDCA Cricketer of the Year - passed 150 for the second time this season with a career-high knock.
The left-hander compiled 161 to continue his superb season with the bat - his six innings have yielded scores of 50, 48, 154, 60, 35 and 161: a total of 508 runs at an average of 84.6.
Taylor's 161 - his ninth career century for the Suns - came off 221 balls with 18 boundaries.
Recruit Waldron made his first ton for his new club with 110 that included 82 of his runs coming through fours (13) and sixes (five).
Waldron and Taylor put on 199 for the second wicket following the loss of James Vlaeminck (1) in the second over with the score on five.
The Redbacks wouldn't take their next wicket until the 56th over.
The Suns already had 300 on the board in the 72nd over against a Redbacks' side that has now conceded 694 runs in its past two games for just 10 wickets.
In total the Suns whacked 38 boundaries and 10 sixes in their run-feast that was the BDCA's highest score since Strathdale made 6-435 against Huntly-North in 2008-09.
Tom Batters (3-57) was the best of the bowlers on what was a long afternoon for the Redbacks.
STRATHFIELDSAYE v SANDHURST
A defiant century from skipper Ben Devanny dug Strathfieldsaye out of an early hole against Sandhurst at the QEO.
The Jets were reeling at 3-20 in the seventh over, but recovered from their poor start to bat out their 85 overs and post 7-263.
Devanny finished unbeaten on 140 in what was his eighth century for the Jets.
He spent 254 balls at the crease and stuck 16 boundaries and one six.
Also playing a crucial role in the Jets' fightback was Callum McCarty (38), who along with Devanny steadied the innings with a 117-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Sandhurst captain Taylor Beard - who lost another toss that has the Dragons chasing 250-plus for the third game in a row - took the first three wickets to fall and now has 20 for the season.
Beard at one stage had 3-4 in his fourth over before finishing with 3-74 off 23.
KANGAROO FLAT v GOLDEN SQUARE
Kangaroo Flat regained form with the bat, making 8-305 against Golden Square at Dower Park.
It was an innings full of contributions, with eight players making more than 20 - captain Brent Hamblin (50), Ben Birkhead (47), Dylan Gibson (37), Daniel Barber (36), Josh Collinson (36), Chris Barber (32), Dylan Klemm (29) and Adam Burns (22 n.o.).
The innings also featured four partnerships of 50-plus, starting with the Barber brothers putting on 52 for the first wicket.
Five of the eight Square bowlers used took a wicket led by Scott Trollope's 3-69.
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