FOR Strathdale Maristians, the equation going into the final round of Bendigo District Cricket Association first grade matches was simple… Win, and make it an outright.
Nothing else would give the David Bakes coached Suns any chance of taking part in the competition’s finals.
And thanks to one of the most dominant all round performances in recent memory, the Suns live to fight another day after Cam Taylor’s superb efforts with both bat and ball led his beloved team into yet another finals campaign.
Taylor was simply brilliant in every aspect of the game over the past two Saturdays.
He scored a swashbuckling 104 in the Suns’ first innings to underline his side’s intentions to seek a win at all costs, before capturing 4-57 to help leave White Hills floundering at the end of the first day of a tense final round of BDCA action.
Forced to follow on, White Hills managed to accumulate 211 runs, with Taylor taking 8-74 from a marathon 28.2 overs.
Not content with these extraordinary match figures, Taylor then reached 23 not out as the Suns completed their devastation of their White Hills opponents, making 3/72 at almost a run a ball to sneak into the finals full of momentum and confidence.
Their opponents this weekend are competition front runners Golden Square, perhaps the most consistent side of the season. The Bulldogs have great depth in both their batting and bowling attacks, and will enter this weekend’s semi-final quietly confident of their ability to qualify for yet another grand final.
In the other semi-final, Eaglehawk hosts the competition’s surprise packet for the season Huntly North Epsom.
Both sides take winning form into the semi-final, with Eaglehawk looking to use the home ground advantage to secure its spot in the competition’s grand final.
Action starts in both semi- finals at 12pm, tomorrow and continues Sunday.