BENDIGO United decimated the Huntly-North Bendigo top order in their Bendigo District Cricket Association clash at Harry Trott Oval on Saturday.The Redbacks had the Power reeling at 7-38 in the 28th over, before some rearguard action from the tail lifted the score to 146.The day started well enough for the Power when captain Linc McRae hit the second ball of the match for four off Marcus Smalley.However, the following ball McRae (4 off 3) hit a Smalley full-toss to point and was caught by Mark Di Fede.And over the next 100 minutes it became a steady stream of Power wickets as Ryan Grundy (2), Josh Collinson (0), Isaac Hogan (0), Brett Elvey (9), Brodie McRae (9) and Brannon Stanford (0) were all dismissed before the score was 40 in what was a batting scorecard resembling the Huntly-North Bendigo of recent years.While Elvey only made 9, he placed a high price on his wicket, facing 93 balls, while Brodie McRae lasted 43 balls.However, none of the Power’s other top seven batsmen faced more than 16 balls against the disciplined Redbacks’ bowling attack.But just when it looked like the Power could be bowled out for less than 50, the tail dug in, led by Sam Johnston and Matt Rule.Johnston and Rule stemmed the flow of wickets with a 49-run partnership.Rule (26 off 75, four fours) was dismissed with the score on 87, and when Nick Roebuck (0) was removed by Nick Crawford (1-27) soon after the Power was 9-88.Enter No.11 Todd Jacobs.Jacobs and Johnston shared in the Power’s best partnership of the innings as they put on 58 for the last wicket to take the score to 146, before Jacobs (28 off 41, three fours, one six) was bowled by Miggy Podosky (2-23).Johnston finished unbeaten on 53 off 77 balls, hitting four boundaries and one six.Smalley was the standout bowler for the Redbacks, claiming 4-54 off 17 overs, including the first three wickets of the Power innings, at which stage he had figures of 3-6 off four overs.Redbacks captain Leigh McDermott conceded just 11 runs off 10 overs and took two wickets.At stumps the Redbacks were 1-41, with Heath Behrens (17 n.o.) and Wayne Fidler (9 n.o.) unbeaten.Di Fede (4) is the batsman out, dismissed by Johnston.● Sandhurst restricted Kangaroo Flat to 188 at J.L. King Weeroona Oval in a crucial battle between two sides who are in the fight for fourth spot.Sandhurst got early breakthroughs to have the Roos at a precarious 4-44 in the 27th over, with Quinton Bentley (2-22) and Alex Winfield (2-22) combining for two wickets each.Captain Adam Burns (47 off 116, three fours, one six) and Darcy Geyer (28 off 81) helped to steady the Roos’ innings with a 56-run stand for the fifth wicket.But the dismissals of Geyer and the dangerous Brad Orton (3 off 8) in quick succession by Levi Walker again had the Roos on the backfoot at 6-107.The Roos were bowled out in the 84th over, with only Burns and No.9 Brent Hamblin (31 n.o. off 72) making more than 30.Medium-pacer Walker was outstanding with the ball for the Dragons, bowling 22 consecutive overs and claiming 4-36.Shane Robinson had a good day in the field for the Dragons, taking three catches.● A knock of 90 from opener Darren Gregory helped White Hills to a competitive 244 against Strathfieldsaye at Integrating Technology Oval.Gregory, 36, was the mainstay of the Demons’ innings, batting into the 62nd over, but he was denied a century when caught by Jets’ first-gamer Martin Leyden off Ben Devanny with the score on 170.Gregory – who hit 10 fours and one six – was the only Demons’ top-order batsman who capitalised on a start.Five of the Demons’ top-six batsmen made double figures, but Gregory, who now has 291 runs for the season, was the only one of them to go on with it and make more than 20.Once again 18-year-old Oliver Geary played a fine knock late in the innings for the Demons, compiling 39 off 39, including six fours at No.8, helping White Hills get from 6-170 to 244.Spinner Andrew Stove’s fine season for the Jets continued as he took 4-46 off 20 overs.Stove’s wickets included Kyle Patten (20 off 38), who was dismissed when Liam Smith used his knees to hold the catch at mid-wicket.Devanny was economical in claiming 3-27 off 16 overs, including the wicket of White Hills’ skipper Gavin Bowles for a sixth-ball duck.● Golden Square made the day’s highest score of 9-263 against rivals Eaglehawk at Canterbury Park.Nine of the 10 Golden Square batsmen used made double figures.The only player to score in single figures was captain Grant Connelly (8 off 9).Openers Scott Johnson and Alex Code got Square off to a solid start with a 57-run partnership for the first wicket that lasted into the 18th over.However, Johnson (23 off 63) and Code (30 off 59) both fell within four runs of each other, and when Connelly went out, Square was 3-74 in the 24th over.But showing the depth in the Golden Square batting, Jason Johnson (29), Max Grant (29), Mathew Christie (20), Scott Trollope (52), Jamie Fitzgibbon (18), Michael Cook (24 n.o.) and James Pietromonaco (13) all kept the runs ticking over.Christie, who faced 13 balls, scored all 20 of his runs in fours and sixes, with one of his sixes off Sam Fitt (1-23) landing on the roof of the grandstand.Paceman Richard Tibbett (2-60), Andrew Smith (2-90) and Jonathan Andrea (2-22) all took two wickets apiece for the Hawks.