Ton fires Dragons to win

Joel Peterson | Bendigo Weekly | 21-Dec-2017

Nayana Palamandadige played a top innings for 114 against Kangaroo Flat.

SANDHURST has won a tense clash with Kangaroo Flat to cement its spot in the Bendigo District Cricket Association top four heading into the Christmas break.

The Dragons were led by a stellar performance from Nayana Palamandadige in a high-scoring affair that saw them remain a game clear of fifth-placed Eaglehawk.

Strathdale Maristians sits atop the table after thumping Huntly North Epsom for the second time in a week, with Golden Square and Bendigo within a win of the Suns after also recording victories.

It was the clash between Sandhurst and Kangaroo Flat though that had the most to offer the prospective winner.

The Roos’ bowling attack, by any measure one of the BDCA’s best, was plundered by Palamandadige to the tune of 114 sparkling runs as Sandhurst made 251.

The Dragons opener was in full control from the opening stages, his footwork negating the spin of Chris Barber while he made full use of the ball coming on to the bat when facing the array of Flat quicks.

The Roos looked in all sorts at 7/130 in reply, before all-rounder Jamie Dass and Adam Burns almost dragged them across the line.

Burns came to the crease in the 37th over with the score at 7/130 and put on a rapid stand of 112 with Dass.

The English recruit was the star, clubbing six fours and as many sixes on his way to 101 from 96 deliveries, while Burns made 39 at better than a run a ball.

Despite the flurry, Flat needed 22 from the last over for victory. After a wide to start the over, Dass clubbed a six of de Silva’s second ball, before two more wides followed.

Dass then smacked a four to bring the Roos within double digits, before he fell two balls later to all but spurn any chance of an unlikely win.

The win put a nine-point buffer between Sandhurst and Flat, and leaves the Roos needing some results when play resumes after Christmas.

Sandhurst could be higher on the table, but for a points penalty from their earlier match against Kangaroo Flat, where young fast bowler Will Keck was bowled in excess of his allowed eight-over spell under the junior bowler rule.

The Dragons were docked all six points from the victory.

Atop the table, Strathdale holds a one-point margin over Golden Square, having completed the season’s only outright win over Bendigo.

The top four sides have each won five games, but Strathdale’s outright, a round six draw for Square and Sandhurst’s points penalty have each on different points tallies through seven rounds.

The chasing pack is led by Eaglehawk, who are unbeaten since the opening three weeks of the season, and the Roos in sixth.

White Hills is seventh with 15 points after going down to Bendigo last week, Huntly North Epsom and Strathfieldsaye are locked on 12 points and 2016/17 grand finallist Bendigo United is languishing in last, a game off the pace.

Round eight will be played on Saturday, January 6 with one-day matches.


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