ANOTHER monster score on Saturday has Strathdale-Maristians' all-rounder Cameron Taylor in contention to surpass a mark never before achieved in the BDCA.
Taylor's hot season with the bat continued, setting a new career-high score of 178 as the Suns smashed 9-344 against White Hills at Scott Street.
With another 178 runs to his name, Taylor in just the 10th round has now set a new Strathdale-Maristians' club record for the most runs in a season as he took his tally to 762, surpassing Travis King's former mark of 725 in 2012-13.
With three more rounds to come - plus at least one final - the question now is can Taylor become the first player in BDCA history to score 1000 runs in a season?
Kangaroo Flat's Tony Taig holds the season record with 962 runs - which includes finals - set in 2003-04.
Taylor is now within 200 runs of Taig's benchmark and in comparison is almost 150 runs ahead of Taig's 613 runs after 10 rounds of his record season.
Taylor, whose ton was the 10th of his career for the Suns and third this season of more than 150 - 178, 161 and 154 - batted for more than five hours, striking 19 boundaries and one six in his 262-ball stay at the crease.
The opener did have some luck along the way though when he was bowled off a no-ball by Rhys Irwin when on 62.
However, Taylor's knock wasn't the Suns' only ton, with Jack Neylon (102) also making a century.
Neylon, who cracked eight boundaries and one six, shared in a 224-run partnership for the third wicket with Taylor as they took the score from 2-53 in the 21st over to 277.
It's the second time this season the flag favourite Suns have had dual century-makers, with Taylor (161) and Grant Waldron (110) also doing the same against Bendigo United in round six.
While he squandered the chance of removing Taylor with his earlier no-ball, Irwin (4-72) did get Taylor's scalp in the shadows of stumps when he was caught by Cameron Berry at point.
The Suns' other century-maker, Neylon, was caught by keeper Jayden Sheean off spinner Linc Jacobs (3-91).
GOLDEN SQUARE v EAGLEHAWK
Eaglehawk reined Golden Square in after the Bulldogs got off to a flyer at Wade Street.
Square was one stage 0-121 in the 34th over, before the Hawks took 10-101 to bowl the home side out for 222 in the 82nd over.
Ryan Hartley set the tone early for Square and looked well on the way to bringing up a century before the tea break.
However, on 94 Hartley nicked an attempted drive off Rhys Smith and was caught behind to be dismissed in the 90s for the second time this season after also making 96 against Strathdale in round five.
While Hartley, whose 94 came off just 99 balls, took the attack to the Hawks early, captain Liam Smith anchored the Square innings.
Elevated up the order to open, Smith batted for 285 minutes and 210 balls in grinding out 79 before he was the eighth wicket to fall with the score on 201.
Smith was also dismissed by the Hawks' Smith, who took a career-best 4-42 off 11.1 overs.
The Hawks also had Aaron Monro bowl 25 consecutive overs as he finished with 3-46.
Hartley and Smith combined for 173 of Golden Square's 222 runs, and with there also nine extras it left the other nine players contributing just 40 runs between them.
BENDIGO UNITED v KANGAROO FLAT
Kangaroo Flat is well on the way to the victory it needs to keep itself in the top four, with the Roos requiring just 80 more runs with nine wickets in hand to beat Bendigo United at Harry Trott Oval.
The Roos went to stumps at 1-64 after bowling the Redbacks out for 143.
Kangaroo Flat shared its wickets around, with skipper Brent Hamblin (3-39) and spinners Chris Barber (2-24) and Dylan Gibson (2-21) combining for seven after the Redbacks won the toss and batted.
The Redbacks were on the backfoot early when opener Connor Thomson (1) was caught by Josh Collinson off Hamblin in the second over of the day.
From 1-2 the Redbacks' pair of Jake Klemm (35) and Wes Hopcott (21) added 57 for the second wicket, before both fell with the score on 59.
Roos' strike bowler Dylan Klemm (0-7) was restricted to just one over due to a sore foot, while Riley Burns (1-3) picked up his first A Grade wicket when he trapped Ben Daley (13) lbw.
BENDIGO v STRATHFIELDSAYE
Kyle Humphrys (3-25) and Kayle Thompson (3-13) both took three wickets as Bendigo dismissed Strathfieldsaye for 170 at Atkins Street in a pivotal contest between fifth and sixth that is now all the more important with fourth-placed Kangaroo Flat on the path to victory.
Having been bowled out for just 89 by Kangaroo Flat the previous week, the Jets were quickly under pressure again at 2-18 in the 10th over after early breakthroughs to Bailey Goodwin (1-30), who has just been selected in the Victoria Country under-21 team, and Alex Pearson (1-54).
While early scalps fell, young opener Seamus Dwyer put a premium on his wicket, batting for 199 minutes in making 43.
For the third game in a row Chathura Damith was the Jets' top-scorer with 49, which featured eight fours and one six.
Jotham Higgs' 2-30 included being on a hat-trick when he dismissed Jets' captain Ben Devanny (24) and Callum McCarty (0) in consecutive deliveries.
The Goers will resume next Saturday at 0-25.
SANDHURST v HUNTLY-NORTH EPSOM
Huntly-North Epsom applied the brakes to Sandhurst, which scored at less than two an over at Weeroona Oval.
The Dragons were 8-159 off 81 overs before declaring and bowling one over to the Power (0-0) late in the day.
Gun all-rounder Adam Ward (4-44) picked up four wickets for the Power - who had already bowled 49 overs by tea - while Brett Elvey was his typical economical self with 2-38 off 23 overs.
The top order trio of Ben Leed (39), Shasheen Fernando (31) and Joel Murphy (21) were the only Dragons' players to make more than 20.
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