Strathfieldsaye tailender Jed Rodda scored two runs off the final ball of the match to lift the Jets to a thrilling two-wicket win over Huntly-North Epsom.
In a low-scoring scrap at Strauch Reserve, Strathfieldsaye needed 10 runs off the final over to chase down the Power's score of 126.
With Adam Ward out of overs and Power skipper Elliott Massina unable to bowl because he bowled the 44th overs of the innings, the captain threw the ball to 16-year-old first-gamer Jack Wilson to bowl the final over.
Wilson had done a mighty job in his first senior game, taking 1-11 off his first five overs, including the wicket of Jets' heavy-hitter Pat Felmingham for a duck.
Crucially for the Jets, Chathura Damith was on strike at the start of the final over.
Wilson's first ball of the final over was a dot ball before Damith scored two runs off the second ball to make the equation eight runs to win off four deliveries.
The Jets soared into favouritism when Damith hit the third ball for six over mid-wicket.
Wilson didn't drop his head. No runs were scored off the fourth ball and then the youngster had Damith (61 off 89 balls) caught at long-on.
The Jets needed two runs to win and one to tie off the final ball.
Wilson bowled full and straight and Rodda deflected the ball to a vacant fine leg area and ran two runs to clinch victory.
The Jets celebrated, while the winless Power were left to lament another missed opportunity.
In round one, the Power lost to Golden Square on the final ball and they suffered narrow defeats to Sandhurst and Strathdale-Maristians.
The Power were again gallant in defeat, but they did let themselves down by not batting out their overs.
For the third time this season opener Ryan Grundy had an opposing team on the ropes, but he didn't land the knockout blow.
Grundy raced to 54 off just 68 balls and Jarrod Harris made 30 to have the Power well-placed.
However, from 2-85 in the 23rd over, the home side lost 8-41 in 15 overs to be all out for 126 with 38 balls still remaining in the innings.
Opening bowler Damith (3-24) removed Grundy and Adam Ward in a crucial second spell, while leg-spinner Darcy Hunter (3-14) tore through the lower order.
Strathfieldsaye spluttered its way to 4-31 and needed a big partnership to get back in the game.
Skipper Ben Devanny and the under-rated Damith provided it.
They added 66 for the fourth wicket to regain control until Devanny was bowled by Danushka Wijemanna (1-21) for 23 off 82 balls.
Just prior to Devanny's dismissal the Power missed an opportunity to remove Damith.
The powerful right-hander was dropped by Adam Ward on the boundary and the ball spilled over the line for six.
With 48 balls remaining, the Jets needed 30 runs to win.
Massina and Ward put the clamps on the Jets with some outstanding bowling.
In a five-over stretch the duo bowled 16 dot balls between them and took two wickets.
Massina (3-19 off eight overs) is having a wonderful season with the ball, while Ward (1-15 off nine overs) was hard to score off as well.
Their tight bowling looked set to give the Power their first win before player of the match Damith, and then Rodda, stole the win away.
"It would have been a very disappointing loss if we didn't get over the line,'' Devanny said.
"It was a tough grind with the bat. It was good to win ugly... it's something we haven't done well in the past. We've probably faltered chasing on some of those tough decks to bat on.
"Chatty (Damith) was very good for us."
Ben DeAraugo took his 400th first XI wicket in Strathdale-Maristians' three-wicket win over Bendigo at Atkins Street.
DeAraugo, who started his first XI career in 2000, became the 26th player in BDCA history to reach the 400-wicket milestone.
It had been a long wait for wicket 400 after DeAraugo's 399th wicket came in the Suns' semi-final win over Kangaroo Flat last March.
His team-mates celebrated accordingly after he had Bendigo youngster Waugh George caught on the deep mid-wicket boundary by Jack Neylon.
"I'm sure Ben would have liked to get it out of the road earlier and not have a fuss made about it,'' Suns' skipper Cam Taylor said.
"It's testament to his longevity as a fast bowler that he's reached 400 wickets.
"In the last couple of years he's bowled some off-spinners and it's been good to see him back off the long run this year. He's the ultimate team man and he knew that's what we needed from him.
"In the last couple of weeks he's executed really well and bowled some really important overs for us."
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DeAraugo played a major hand with bat and ball to get the Suns out of a sticky situation against Bendigo.
The Goers were well-placed to post a score of 200-plus when they reached 2-111 with 15 overs remaining.
With wickets in the shed and opener Xavier Ryan well set, the home side would have fancied their chances of scoring at least 80 runs off the final 90 balls on a very good batting deck.
However, the Suns showed their experience and class to reel in Bendigo.
In the final 15 overs the Goers added just 55 runs for the loss of seven wickets.
"We feel like we do that patch of the game really well,'' Taylor said.
"We were confident we could slow it down through that period and keep them to a reachable total."
Ben DeAraugo (1-22 off eight overs) set the standard with tight bowling and the rest of the Suns followed.
Taylor (3-37), Sam Johnston (1-26 off nine overs), the returning James Vlaeminck (1-35 off nine overs) and 17-year-old first gamer Jack Pysin (0-25 off seven overs) played their roles.
Ryan scored his second-straight half-century for the Goers.
The right-hander made a well-compiled 72 off 127 balls before becoming Taylor's first victim.
Bendigo was up and about when Bailey Goodwin removed Daniel Clohesy for a golden duck and Grant Waldron for a duck.
The 2-8 scoreline did little to hinder Jack Neylon's attitude.
Neylon looked like he was in for a big day as he clubbed four fours and two sixes before falling for 35 off 31 balls.
Ben DeAraugo also batted aggressively in making 38 in a 70-run stand with young opener Matt Wilkinson.
Wilkinson made the most of his chance at the top of the order, making 47 off 81 balls before falling with victory in sight.
The Suns lost a few wickets late, but had Johnston (20 not out) and Taylor, who batted at number nine, at the crease to see them over the line with 50 balls to spare.
"It wasn't an ideal start to the run chase in losing our two most in-form players,'' Taylor said.
"Young Wilko was really impressive in the way he handled the situation. He got an opportunity this week and he capitalised on it.
"Jack and Ben showed their experience to keep the scoreboard ticking along and gave Wilko great support."
Goodwin was the standout with the ball for Bendigo.
The swing bowler claimed 3-26 off nine overs.
Eaglehawk bounced back to winning form with a 38-run victory over Golden Square at Wade Street.
The Borough's victory was set up by a solid batting performance.
Openers Russell Stockdale (28) and Josh Williams (37) set the tone before Angus Chisholm (40) and Ben Williams (29) kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Nash Viney (26 not out 0ff 20 balls) and Aaron Monro (15 not out off 12 balls) added 41 vital runs in the final four overs to guide the Borough to an imposing 7-200.
Scott Trollope was the most successful bowler for the Bulldogs.
The paceman took three wickets in four balls in the 41st over of the innings and finished with figures of 3-45 off his nine overs.
Scott Johnson and Liam Smith tried to pace Golden Square's run chase.
The left-handers were slow early, but they kept the Dogs within striking distance before Johnson fell for 37 after a 76-run stand with Smith.
With the run rate required steadily increasing, the pressure built on the Square middle-order and it eventually snapped.
Monro removed Trollope (15) and Smith (65 off 112 balls) which sparked a collapse of 8-34 and the home side was bowled out for 162 in the 43rd over.
Monro (4-29) had a fine all-round game, while skipper Nick Farley (2-31) and leg-spinner Russell Stockdale (2-36) bowled well through the middle overs.
Kangaroo Flat broke through for its first win of the season when it defeated White Hills by 49 runs at Scott Street.
Most of the Roos' top-order made a start, but none of them went on with it and at 5-123 there was a chance their solid start with the bat might be wasted.
Dylan Klemm and Brent Hamblin produced a crucial partnership, which probably saved the Roos' season.
Klemm, who can't bowl at the moment because of a back injury, made 41 not out off 62 balls.
Hamblin was a thorn in the Demons' side for the second time in three days after being man of the match in the T20 clash between the two teams.
He finished 30 not out off 39 balls in a partnership of 77 and a team total of 5-200.
The Demons' bowlers didn't help their cause by conceding 22 runs in wides and 31 runs in extras in total.
Leg-spinner Nick Wallace continued his good form to take 3-30.
In reply, White Hills never really looked like getting near the Roos' score.
The Demons struggled to get the Roos' disciplined attack away.
Gavin Bowles was elevated to opener and made 32 off 63 balls, while captain Mitch Winter-Irving made 59 off 101 balls before being dismissed in the final over as White Hills made 9-151.
In an even bowling performance, none of the five Flat bowlers conceded more than 31 runs off their nine overs.
Bendigo United consolidated its place in the top four when it defeated Sandhurst by 70 runs at Weeroona Oval.
After winning the toss and batting, the Redbacks overcame the early loss of skipper Clayton Holmes (1) to post 5-196 off their 45 overs.
Tom Starr (36 off 79 balls) and Riley Treloar (30 off 67 balls) built the foundation for the Redbacks before Zane Keighran and Steve Barrett lifted the tempo.
The duo came together with the score 3-85 with 20 overs remaining.
They added 55 off 78 balls for the fourth wicket before Barrett fell for 30.
Keighran launched in the final four overs of the innings.
He scored 26 runs himself in that period to finish 60 not out off 71 balls.
The Dragons, who were without in-form all-rounder Dylan Gibson, were best served with the ball by leggie Kayde Howard (2-28) and Anthony McMahon (2-41).
Sandhurst's run chase never really got out of second gear.
The Dragons struggled to put together any meaningful partnerships and eventually were dismissed for 126.
McMahon top-scored with 27, while Nahid Hossain chipped in with 24.
Spinner Jake Thrum (3-24), Holmes (3-27) and another spinner, Will Thrum (2-24), did the damage with the ball.
Bendigo United 24
Golden Square 12
Kangaroo Flat 6
White Hills 6
Huntly-North Epsom 0
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