Redbacks roll while Suns scorch in T20

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 01-Dec-2017

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White Hill's Mitch Winter-Irving.
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A STUNNING performance from marquee signing Nick Ross has kept Bendigo United’s red-hot run of Twenty20 form alive.

The Redbacks played Huntly North Epsom in round three of games in the Bendigo District Cricket Association’s T20 competition on Tuesday night.

The Redbacks were coming off not only a thrilling win against Bendigo last week but also success in the Northern Rivers regional T20 final at Nathalia on Sunday.

On a wet pitch, a bowl-off was required to decide who progressed to the final, where BUCCs defeated Mooroopna by four wickets to progress to the state final of the Kookaburra Cup competition.

The club was one of several to hold a family night on Tuesday, and Ross put on a show for all those in attendance.

The Carlton batsman clubbed 109 off just 52 balls, reaching his century when the hosts had just 122 runs on the board and had lost only the wicket of Harry Donegan.

Ross was dismissed with Bendigo United needing only 21 runs to win, which Tyson Templeton and the in-form Jake Thrum cruised to with 22 balls to spare.

Elsewhere, Strathfieldsaye fell short as it hosted White Hills under lights at Tannery Lane.

With a big crowd enjoying the balmy conditions and a first for the club, White Hills found themselves in a hole with the bat after marquee player Brayden Stepien was dismissed to make the score 2/13.

Mitch Winter-Irving steadied the ship, making 49 as White Hills compiled 154.

Strathfieldsaye started well but did not having the hitting power to reach the total, falling to 0-3 despite 51 from the ever-reliable Greg Lyon.

At Weeroona Oval, Strathdale Maristians produced a stellar bowling performance to restrict Sandhurst to 9/78, before breezing past the total for a seven-wicket win to improve to 2-1.

And Eaglehawk thumped Golden Square, dismissing the Bulldogs for just 75 before passing the target with 6.1 overs remaining.

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