Dragons face Suns' challenge

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 10-Nov-2017

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Strathdale Maristians batsman Linton Jacobs.
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SANDHURST has a power of work to do on day two of its clash with Strathdale Maristians if it is to stay in touch with the BDCA’s top four.

The Suns topped 300 for the third time in as many matches, newly-promoted opener Linton Jacobs leading the way with 86.

The opening partnership has been a worry for Strathdale, even while winning premierships in recent seasons.

Without Andrew Hosking, Jacobs has moved up to fill his spot in the past fortnight and has already made an impact, providing some much-needed scoring punch at the top of the order. 

He’s been joined by James Vlaeminck, who is combining under-18 duties with first XI cricket every Saturday and made 30 off 58.

Jack Neylon has been installed as the team’s new number three and turned in his best performance of the year against the Dragons before being run out for 49.

Ben DeAraugo’s first failure of the year with the bat was mitigated by both the top order and also the lower order, which provided plenty of late spark.

Mitch Blackman and Sam Johnston put on a 90-run stand, Blackman belting 57 off 64 balls and Johnston clubbing five sixes on his way to 50 off 38.

Taylor Beard toiled hard for the Dragons to claim five scalps, and there is still plenty more hard work to come for Sandhurst, chasing 313 for the win.

At Canterbury Park, Eaglehawk is in a good position to win its first game of the year, despite missing a huge chance to roll Bendigo United for a paltry score.

The Redbacks were languishing at 5/89 when Chris Howgate was joined by Jake Thrum at the crease for the second week in a row.

Like they did against Huntly North Epsom, the pair again served to hold the fragile BUCCs lineup together, putting on 126 for the sixth wicket.

Howgate went on to make 109 off 138 balls, while Thrum was his usual patient self on his way to 28 off 87.

When Howgate became one of Aaron Monro’s five scalps, BUCCs proceeded to lose 5/17 to set the Hawks a target of 233 for victory.

In other matches, White Hills will resume at 2/12 chasing 231 in the first versus second clash with Bendigo, Kangaroo Flat will defend 237 against Huntly North Epsom and Golden Square resumes at 1/54 needing 186 to win against Strathfieldsaye.

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