First tilt at final

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 25-Jan-2018

Golden Square's Zane Keighran.

BENDIGO and Golden Square will play for a unique title tomorrow, when the Bendigo District Cricket Association holds its inaugural one-day final.

The BDCA has long had a one-day competition integrated into its First XI matches, but has never had a final for it.

This year the league has made the move to hold a standalone match at the QEO to decide the winner of the Keck-Findlay Shield.

Both teams come into the match with wins in their most recent matches, which were shortened to one-day fixtures due to Saturday’s extreme heat.

Bendigo got past Eaglehawk thanks to a Kyle Humphrys century and a thrilling last-ball finish, while Golden Square made light work of Huntly North Epsom’s target of 207.

Importantly, key players for both sides hit form in the wins.

Humphrys turned in yet another stellar knock, making 107 off 113 balls to notch his third ton of the season.

The star Bendigo recruit had made 506 runs at 63.25 this season and also chipped in with a more-than-handy 22 wickets at 19.55.

For Golden Square, Ben Gunn and Zane Keighran will be the big dangers with the bat with both top-order players in the runs in recent weeks.

Gunn smacked 59 off 43 in the win over the Power while young star Keighran made a run-a-ball 92 not out including eight fours and four sixes.

Gunn has made 235 at 47 in his past five innings, including 108 against

Keighran has made 236 runs in his last four innings in First XI action, averaging 59 at number three.

Bendigo’s young bowling attack of Bailey Goodwin, Alex Pearson, Tom Hart, Humphrys and Craig Pearce will have its hands full with the Square batsmen.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, will need to be far more disciplined with the ball after conceding 29 extras against Huntly North Epsom.

The match will not be played for points on the First XI ladder, despite all previous one-day fixtures counting toward the end-of-season tally.


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